Mark Zuckerberg's sister defends his comments on Holocaust deniers

Randi Zuckerberg at the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland

Mark Zuckerberg faced criticism this week after he said during an interview with Recode that while he found Holocaust deniers "deeply offensive", he doesn't "believe that our platform should take that down because I think there are things that different people get wrong - I don't think that they're intentionally getting it wrong".

She appeared to agree with her brother, however, adding that banning such people from social media "will not make them go away".

"I'm Jewish, and there's a set of people who deny that the Holocaust happened". So how much should these companies be responsible for what is said online?

Randi Zuckerberg (pictured right in Texas in March) defended her brother's decision to refuse the removal of Holocaust denier posts.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg tried to clarify his controversial comments about Holocaust deniers Wednesday afternoon, hours after he was quoted saying some deniers who post on Facebook aren't "intentionally getting it wrong".

She suggested that a national debate was needed on Holocaust deniers' right to a platform.

Replying to complaints about the KPBS decision, Facebook product director Rob Leathern said the issue "applies only to running ads on the platform, and is fixable by completing the authorization process".

Mark Zuckerberg's sister defends his comments on Holocaust deniers

"As much as I disagree with Holocaust deniers having a voice at all, the reality is that it is not now considered a crime in the United States, and if we want our social networks to remove this hateful speech and follow the lead of many countries in Europe who denounce it as criminal, we need to expand the conversation more broadly and legislate at a national level", she wrote.

"I wish that these platforms didn't give a voice to those who cry out for divestment from Israel, make anti-Jewish remarks, and numerous other issues affecting our community today". It would be "nefarious", she said, for Facebook to selectively silence the public.

In the Recode interview, Zuckerberg said that rather than taking down a fake news or conspiracy post or barring the user, the company would seek to minimize it.

Hate speech and threats deemed credible are violations of Facebook rules, and are removed. "It is clearly the responsibility of all of the players who were involved there". Let this remind us why we need our Jewish institutions more now than ever'. Speak to a million people and you'll get a million different definitions of who fits into which of those categories.

So to recap: Facebook is deeply committed to free expression and will allow people to post just about anything, including even denying the Holocaust.

But bizarrely, Zuckerberg this week used Holocaust denial as the example of free speech that he would not want to suppress on Facebook.

"Holocaust denial is the quintessential "fake news, '" Cooper said in a statement".

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