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Should Facebook Allow Holocaust Denial On Its Platform?

FB is rightly protecting free speech

This will allow bigotry to spread

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Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg was right to resist censoring unpopular opinions, even ones that are bigoted, holds Robby Soave of Reason. In doing so he is promoting freedom of speech along the lines of the First Amendment. While it angered critics, he was also correct in stating that not all Holocaust denial on the platform comes from a manipulative place. Many users believe and share this content unknowingly. Authority policing what people can or cannot say leads to many dilemmas as the fine line of acceptability is decided. It could cause the suppression of legitimate ideas while doing little to actually combat hate.

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By allowing content that denies the Holocaust to be shared on Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg is giving hate a free pass, writes Deborah Lipstadt in CNN. This particular subject should not be up for discussion. There is a consensus among historians, as well as undebatable evidence, that it happened. By giving deniers of these facts a voice, Zuckerberg is allowing the truth to be eradicated. There is no legitimate argument against the Holocaust having happened, only lies born from hate. Facebook has a responsibility to fight bigotry of this kind and not allow it to fester, as this risks normalizing incredibly dangerous and hateful ideas.

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