Holocaust survivors ask Facebook the withdrawal of contents holocaust deniers

Des survivants de l'Holocauste demandent à Facebook le retrait de contenus négationnistes

Holocaust survivors ask to Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, to remove from the social network content, the holocaust deniers, in a video message released on Wednesday.

Nine survivors testify in the video uploaded on the biggest social network in the world, including Eva Schloss, step-sister of Anne Frank, now 91-year-old. It has been produced in partnership with the Claims Conference, an organization established in 1951, including to work towards the recovery of assets plundered.

Holocaust survivors have a simple message for Mark Zuckerberg: Holocaust denial IS hate speech and needs to be removed…

Posted by Claims Conference (Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany) on Wednesday, July 29, 2020

“When people say online that the Holocaust never took place, they say that my father, my sister, and sixty members of my family have not been murdered by the nazis,” says Lea Evron, who is now 85 years of age.

Of Polish origin, she has escaped the extermination camps, the same as her mother, when her father and sister were deported in 1943.

“Those who say that the Holocaust did not exist, would treat me like a liar,” sums up Sidney Zoltak, also of Polish origin, who escaped the camps by hiding in villages in Poland.

In a document published in early July, the organization of the fight against anti-semitism Anti Defamation League (ADL) has given several examples of groups of Facebook in which users were openly questioning the existence of the Holocaust or its extent.

Among them the group CODOH or the ” committee for open debate on the Holocaust “, which were still visible Wednesday messages denying that the genocide of Europe’s jews took place during the Second world War.

In the United States, revisionism and holocaust denial are not prohibited by the law and the jurisprudence tends to place them under the protection of the first amendment of the Constitution, which guarantees freedom of expression.

In many european States, on the other hand, about revisionists or holocaust deniers are liable to criminal prosecution.

In July 2018, Mark Zuckerberg, who is himself jewish, had explained that he did not want to delete the messages deniers of Facebook.

Asked by AFP, Facebook said that it removes any content which “defended” the Holocaust, ” tried to justify “, “accusing the victims of lying” or inciting hatred or violence against jews.

But the platform does not remove the content only because it is false, ” said a spokesman, and does not remove, therefore not the content of the holocaust deniers, although it seeks to limit the spread on the platform.

“Hate speech”

The Claims Conference plans to put online a video of a survivor each day ” until Facebook acts “, said a spokesman, explaining that more than 70 posts were already ready.

The organization reports that they asked Mark Zuckerberg to meet survivors, listen to their story ” and to understand why holocaust denial is hate speech “, explained the spokesperson.

In June, the social network found itself under fire when several associations for the defence of the rights of minorities have called for a boycott of the platform to get it to control better the content that incite hatred, racism or violence.

After the withdrawal of several major advertisers, the CEO is committed to ensuring that the site removes the advertisements of certain minorities as a threat to the safety or health of the greatest number.

He also promised that the social network would warn users when certain messages or content that is posted on Facebook violates its rules.

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