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Twitter follows Facebook on eradicating posts that deny the Holocaust

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Twitter CEO and Co Founder, Jack Dorsey addresses college students on the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), on November 12, 2018 in New Delhi, India.

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Twitter confirmed it’s going to begin eradicating posts that deny the Holocaust simply two days after Facebook applied the identical coverage.

“We strongly condemn anti-Semitism, and hateful conduct has absolutely no place on our service,” stated a Twitter spokesperson in a press release Wednesday.

“We also have a robust ‘glorification of violence’ policy in place and take action against content that glorifies or praises historical acts of violence and genocide, including the Holocaust.”

The information was first reported by Bloomberg. Twitter’s Hateful Conduct Policy prohibits making references to violent occasions or makes an attempt to disclaim or diminish such occasions.

Around 6 million Jews have been systematically murdered by Nazi Germany throughout the Holocaust, which began in 1941 and led to 1945.

British rapper Wiley was banned from Twitter in July after he posted a collection of anti-Semitic tweets. Tweets from Wiley’s account asserted that Jews have systematically exploited Black musicians. In one tweet, which has now been deleted, he in contrast Jews to the Ku Klux Klan.

Following Facebook

On Monday, Facebook introduced that it’s going to ban content material that “denies or distorts the Holocaust,” reversing its earlier coverage. The firm stated it launched the change after noticing an increase in anti-Semitism.

In a 2018 podcast interview, CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated Facebook did not take away Holocaust-denying content material as a result of it should enable for the likelihood that customers are making unintentional errors. “I don’t think that they’re intentionally getting it wrong,” Zuckerberg stated of customers who shared that kind of content material.

In asserting the change, Facebook stated: “Our decision is supported by the well-documented rise in anti-Semitism globally and the alarming level of ignorance about the Holocaust, especially among young people.”

On Monday, actor and comic Sacha Baron Cohen wrote on Twitter that “Facebook should have banned Holocaust denial long ago, but better late than never.”

He referred to as on Twitter, YouTube, Reddit and Google to do the identical, saying it was “not a hard call.”

—CNBC’s Michelle Gao contributed to this text.




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