Holocaust survivors ask to Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, to remove from the social network content, the holocaust deniers, in a video message released on Wednesday.
Nine survivors testify in the video uploaded on the biggest social network in the world, including Eva Schloss, stepsister of Anne Frank, now 91-year-old. It has been produced in partnership with the Claims Conference, an organization established in 1951, including to work towards the recovery of assets plundered.
Holocaust survivors have a simple message for Mark Zuckerberg: Holocaust denial IS hate speech and needs to be removed…
Posted by Claims Conference (Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany) on Wednesday, July 29, 2020
“When people say online that the Holocaust never took place, they say that my father, my sister, and sixty members of my family have not been murdered by the nazis,” says Lea Evron, who is now 85 years of age.
Of Polish origin, she has escaped the extermination camps, the same as his mother, when his father and his sister were deported in 1943.
“Those who say that the Holocaust did not exist, would treat me like a liar,” sums up Sidney Zoltak, also of Polish origin, who escaped the camps by hiding in villages in Poland.
In a document published in early July, the organization of the fight against anti-semitism, Anti Defamation League (ADL), has given several examples of groups of Facebook in which users were openly questioning the existence of the Holocaust or its extent.
Among them, the group CODOH or the “committee for open debate on the Holocaust”, which were still visible Wednesday messages denying that the genocide of Europe’s jews took place during the Second world War.
In July 2018, Mark Zuckerberg, who is himself jewish, had explained that he did not want to delete the messages deniers of Facebook.
In the United States, revisionism and holocaust denial are not prohibited by the law and the jurisprudence tends to place them under the protection of the first amendment of the Constitution, which guarantees freedom of expression.
In many european States, on the other hand, about revisionists or holocaust deniers are liable to criminal prosecution.
In June, the social network found itself under fire when several associations for the defence of the rights of minorities have called for a boycott of the platform to get it to control better the content that incite hatred, racism or violence.
After the withdrawal of several major advertisers, the CEO is committed to ensuring that the site removes the advertisements of certain minorities as a threat to the safety or health of the greatest number.
He also promised that the social network would warn users when certain messages or content that is posted on Facebook violates its rules.