Facebook is banning Holocaust denial posts


Shruti Patel

Facebook bans posts that refute or misrepresent the Holocaust, and if they look for facts about the Nazi genocide, they will begin leading people to credible sources.

Emily Loewe, Reporter

 Facebook has recently been banning all post that deny the Holocaust, which should be seen as normal in most cases, but many people think that Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, is going back on his word of letting the users have freedom of speech.

While I do believe the users should be able to have freedom of speech, I also believe that he was right to change his decision. If he lets people post these terrible things many of Facebook’s users could take it as the truth, which it clearly isn’t. If he isn’t doing anything to stop it, then he must agree with it. This would also cause many problems not only for him but also for people directly or indirectly affected by the Holocaust.

Another reason this is such a big problem in the social media industry is because of the snowball effect. The snowball effect is how most big brand social media platforms publish advertisements and posts that you are interested in. So like when you are on TikTok and you like a video, soon you start to see more videos that are similar to the one you liked. Soon the algorithm starts to pick up on what you like and don’t like which makes the snowball effect.It is what most social media franchises use, but what happens when you like something on accident that you are against or don’t want to see? OR what about if you change your views or interests? While the snowball effect seems like a good way to keep you updated and interested while on social media, this helped to form anti-semetic groups on Facebook by showing them posts like the ones they interact with causing these racist groups to form. By doing this the more post people see that are anti-Holocaust and the more they interact with them will cause more of the post to show up on their home pages.

Anyone who is against the banning of post denying the Holocaust is probably thinking, if they put a ban on this what else will they start to ban? It is always good to question something that could be seen as a hard line to draw between what should be banned and what shouldn’t. 

So where should Zuckerberg draw the line? In my opinion, I think the best line to draw would be between being able to post freely aside from hate speech posts. That way they can all talk and post what they like but aren’t disrespecting or hurting people. And while this obviously couldn’t happen immediately, it would be a good thing for Zuckerburg to work on to help better the app.