FACEBOOK has been blasted as “hypocritical” after it removed a post by the Anne Frank Center just weeks after its CEO Mark Zuckerberg said holocaust deniers would not be banned.
“Hi @Facebook, you removed our post promoting the need for Holocaust Education for apparently violating community standards. You haven’t given us a reason, yet allow Holocaust Denial pages to still exist. Seems a little hypocritical?” tweeted the Anne Frank Center on Wednesday.
The post in question urged for holocaust and genocide education and included a link to a news article.
“I’m Jewish, and there’s a set of people who deny that the Holocaust happened,” he told Recode’s Kara Swisher.
“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.”
The tech billionaire was slammed for his comments on social media and by civil rights activists in the US, with the Anti-Defamation League stating that Facebook had a “moral and ethical obligation” to clampdown on the “hurtful” posts.
But Facebook‘s policy remains in tact, despite a petition from the Anne Frank Center to get Holocaust Denial Pages removed from Facebook (which has gained over 182,000 signatures at the time of writing).
We’ve reached out to the company and will update this article with its response.
It seems this latest blunder centred on the image of frail, naked children at a concentration camp included in the original post.
Replying to the Anne Frank Center on Twitter, Facebook claimed the post violated its rules banning “nude images of children”:
“@AnneFrankCenter we put your post back up and sent you a message on FB. We don’t allow nude images of children on FB, but we know this is an important image of historical significance and we’ve restored it. We’re sorry and thank you for bringing it to our attention.”
Indeed, Facebook’s community standards explicitly prohibit the “display of nudity or sexual activity”, but add “nudity can be shared…for educational…reasons”.
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It continues: “Where such intent is clear, we make allowances for the content”.
In a separate tweet, the Anne Frank Center said its post had been restored.
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