Facebook is banning posts that deny or distort the Holocaust and will start directing people to authoritative sources if they search for information about the Nazi genocide. (Oct. 12)
GREG SCHNEIDER: Listen, I think the statement is very strong, right, because it talks about-- I'm just reading it now-- "to prevent any content that denies or distorts the Holocaust." It's a very important statement. And it's a building block toward ensuring that this sort of anti-Semitism isn't amplified. And that's what was really happening on the internet is that rather than fighting anti-Semitism, teaching about the Holocaust, it was amplifying the negative, the negative messages. But we've been pushing really hard.
Listen, the voice of survivors, they have a moral authority on this issue, which is unparalleled. And so it doesn't surprise me that Mark Zuckerberg and some of the really smart people of Facebook heeded the concerns of Holocaust survivors in this Claims Conference campaign and did the right thing. Honestly, I'm a little surprised it took 75 days. But I'm glad it happened. And we look forward to the next steps.
But the point is, Holocaust denial and distortion, it's essential that it come down. The implementation will be really important. So we and the entire Holocaust survivor community will be watching and ensuring that it's done properly. But acknowledging that this must be taken down is a really, really important first step.