During an interview, Mark Zuckerberg defended the first amendment rights of all Americans.
Okay. “Sandy Hook didn’t happen” is not a debate. It is false. You can’t just take that down?
I agree that it is false.
I also think that going to someone who is a victim of Sandy Hook and telling them, “Hey, no, you’re a liar” — that is harassment, and we actually will take that down. But overall, let’s take this whole closer to home…
I’m Jewish, and there’s a set of people who deny that the Holocaust happened.
I find that deeply offensive. But at the end of the day, I don’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, but I think-
In the case of the Holocaust deniers, they might be, but go ahead.
It’s hard to impugn intent and to understand the intent. I just think, as abhorrent as some of those examples are, I think the reality is also that I get things wrong when I speak publicly. I’m sure you do. I’m sure a lot of leaders and public figures we respect do too, and I just don’t think that it is the right thing to say, “We’re going to take someone off the platform if they get things wrong, even multiple times.” (Update: Mark has clarified these remarks here: “I personally find Holocaust denial deeply offensive, and I absolutely didn’t intend to defend the intent of people who deny that.”)
What we will do is we’ll say, “Okay, you have your page, and if you’re not trying to organize harm against someone, or attacking someone, then you can put up that content on your page, even if people might disagree with it or find it offensive.” But that doesn’t mean that we have a responsibility to make it widely distributed in News Feed. I think we, actually, to the contrary-
This is pretty straightforward. Facebook doesn’t want to become the arbiter of truth. Zuckerberg doesn’t want to put himself in the position where he is deeming what his users see and don’t see. Social Media should be a free market of ideas not Zuckerberg’s personal propaganda platform(although since he owns it he has the right to make it this way).
Of coruse, the left lost it over this.
So apparently Mark Zuckerberg is under the impression there’s some good faith debate going on over whether the Holocaust happened? https://t.co/Qdn4E7n2jl pic.twitter.com/ClLngQqesS
— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) 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
Here is my reaction
Leftists attack Mark Zuckerberg after he defends free speech https://t.co/kUfbbGJ63O
— Jacob Palmieri (@jakepalmieri) July 18, 2018