Facebook today announced that it’s updating its hate speech policy; which now prohibits posts and content that deny or distort the events of the Holocaust.
This is part of the company’s effort to remove anti-Semitic content from its platform. The social network had recently banned posts that depict Jews as running the world or major organizations.
According to Facebook, a recent survey showed that almost 25% of adults between the ages of 18 and 39; believe that the Holocaust was a myth or exaggerated; or that they simply weren’t sure it’s true. Later this year, the platform will also start directing users; who search for terms associated with the Holocaust to resources with credible information.
These measures are only the newest in a series of efforts to curb conspiracy theories on the platform. Recently, the social network banned all pages; as well as groups related to QAnon; a movement known for spreading one such theory; and inciting violence against other people; as well as other groups it refers to as “Militarized Social Movements”.
The company says it will take some time for these policies to be fully enforced; but over time the platform should be cleaned up of this kind of content.