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Facebook Defends Holocaust Denial Groups

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Facebook has faced a fair amount of heat over its tolerance of Holocaust denial groups on the social networking site, especially from billionaire Mark Cuban’s attorney brother, Brian Cuban.

Yesterday, in an open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg*, Cuban reiterated his request that Facebook remove Holocaust denial groups. Cuban claimed allowing them to remain only helps them “spread their message of fear and hate.”

Facebook’s official response defended the hate groups’ presences on the site by defending its own policy of tolerance of open discussion. Facebook pledged to remove the groups if the open discussion turned violent.

Cuban was unimpressed with the response and put spokesperson Barry Schnitt (formerly with Google) on the hot seat in his open letter, noting that private enterprises are not bound by freedom of speech laws and demanding Schnitt and Zuckerberg reveal more about the decision making process involving the groups.

“By allowing these groups whether they number 1 or 1000, Facebook is not promoting open discussion of a controversial issue,” wrote Cuban. “It is promoting and encouraging hatred towards ethnic and religious groups, nothing more.”

Since Cuban’s letter, Facebook has been carefully monitoring five groups in question, waiting for members to advocate violence. Two groups have been deleted, leaving three. Cuban again went after Schnitt, calling him “disturbingly dismissive and flippant about these issues.”

Schnitt responded on CNet with a fair amount eloquence:

“Many of us at Facebook have direct personal connection to the Holocaust, through parents who were forced to flee Europe or relatives who could not escape. We believe in Facebook’s mission that giving people tools to make the world more open is a better way to combat ignorance or deception than censorship, though we recognize that others — including those at the company, disagree. We may be fools for doing the former but not ‘cowards’."

The battles Facebook chooses are interesting. The social network once also stood firm on its deletion of photos of breastfeeding infants. It’s a bizarre message—and a PR nightmare!—that Facebook is protecting the rights of hate groups while declaring nursing babies obscene.

Some touchy waters they’ve waded into, eh?

*Zuckerberg is a German Jewish name.

 

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  • sherguest

    When are the liberal minded dicks going to learn that they add fodder to the existing hate by allowing more hate to brew. Facebook take the dirt off… its intolerable, unethical, and just plain wrong. Did the world learn nothing> This will happen again if you give tacit approval to it. My family tree was gassed in the concentration camps. I have no family history. And I have to forgive?
    Gimme a break and lock up the hate site.

  • randy_randy

    Ignorance can not be Ignored
    Intolerance can not be Tolerated
    Hate can not be allowed To Thrive

    Hate Groups have more rights Than breast feeding Babes

  • outragedHuman

    It’s one thing to voice opinions based on subjective topics; however, the Holocaust is a well documented factual event. It happened – there is loads of evidence and witness documentaries proving the event.

    Leaving hate spewing sites like these up is a direct reflection on Facebook. Facebook should be embarrassed for leaving any of these sites up for any amount of time. Stupid acts like this reflect poorly on the entire human race.

    Freedom of speech is one thing, but out right hate-filled and completely inaccurate speech is something else. I would recommend everyone ban using Facebook until these ridiculous hate sites are removed.

    FYI – I’m not even Jewish and I know the Holocaust happened. To say different is complete idiocy and those spouting the lies should be treated as complete idiots.