Zuckerberg effectively defends right of Holocaust deniers to be heard on Facebook


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:

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:

Swisher later tweeted that Zuckerberg had sought to clarify his remarks as something other than a defense of denialists: