That’s Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, all but inviting, during a Recode interview in which he sought to explain why the social network FB, -0.52% permits controversial and inflammatory sources to maintain their voices on the platform, a wholly new controversy.
On the rival social platform Twitter TWTR, -0.30% , many users wondered whether Zuckerberg — having drawn a line between Holocaust denialism and, say, the long-standing claim by Alex Jones of InfoWars and others that the Newtown, Conn., elementary-school massacre of December 2012 was staged, calling out the latter as a falsehood — was actually suggesting the facts of the Holocaust were not settled:
What Mark Zuckerberg needs to understand the intent of Holocaust deniers is not the sole proper standard of judgment. We can debate limits to free expression, but It's the impact that matters greatly, not just intent https://t.co/yCj2wibhxc— Mitch Kapor (@mkapor) July 18, 2018
holy shit mark zuckerberg defends holocaust deniers bc they are not intentionally misleading people...? pic.twitter.com/kfQpp0m3Sa— cale g weissman (@caleweissman) July 18, 2018
elon musk and zuckerberg teamed up this week for a public service announcement that "rich people can be stupid too"— Oliver Willis (@owillis) July 18, 2018
Recode’s Kara Swisher, who conducted the interview with Zuckerberg, had in real time briefly interrupted the Facebook leader to note that Holocaust denial does not tend to arise from an innocent misreading of history.
Quite the contrary, said the Anti-Defamation League, which suggested Facebook abrogates an important duty in allowing the dissemination of Holocaust denial:
NEW: Anti-Defamation League statement on Zuckerberg's remarks: “Holocaust denial is a willful, deliberate and longstanding deception tactic by anti-Semites ... Facebook has a moral and ethical obligation not to allow its dissemination."— Cristiano Lima (@viaCristiano) July 18, 2018
Swisher later tweeted that Zuckerberg had sought to clarify his remarks as something other than a defense of denialists: