Mark Zuckerberg: Holocaust Deniers Aren’t ‘Intentionally’ Wrong

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg defended Holocaust deniers posting their false claims on Facebook because they honestly believe they are not wrong.

During an interview with Recode, Zuckerberg was asked why Facebook allows false content about the Sandy Hook shooting to be posted, and he compared the Sandy Hook deniers to Holocaust deniers:

I agree that it is false.

I also think that going to someone who is a victim of Sandy Hook and telling them, “Hey, no, you’re a liar” — that is harassment, and we actually will take that down. But overall, let’s take this whole closer to home…

I’m Jewish, and there’s a set of people who deny that the Holocaust happened.

I find that deeply offensive. But at the end of the day, I don’t believe that our platform should take that down because I think there are things that different people get wrong. I don’t think that they’re intentionally getting it wrong, but I think–

…It’s hard to impugn intent and to understand the intent. I just think, as abhorrent as some of those examples are, I think the reality is also that I get things wrong when I speak publicly.

I’m sure you do. I’m sure a lot of leaders and public figures we respect do too, and I just don’t think that it is the right thing to say, “We’re going to take someone off the platform if they get things wrong, even multiple times.”

What we will do is we’ll say, “Okay, you have your page, and if you’re not trying to organize harm against someone, or attacking someone, then you can put up that content on your page, even if people might disagree with it or find it offensive.”

But that doesn’t mean that we have a responsibility to make it widely distributed in News Feed. I think we, actually, to the contrary…

(Source: Recode, Photo Credit: Anthony Quintano/Flickr)

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