What you need to know
- Twitter has now banned Holocaust denial.
- The company is making a change to its hateful conduct policy to accommodate this.
- Facebook this week made a similar move after years of criticism for its stance on the matter.
Twitter will no longer allow tweets that "deny" or "diminish" the Holocaust, the company shared this week. It will expand its hateful conduct policy to include denial of the genocide.
Speaking to Bloomberg, a Twitter spokeswoman explained the new policy:
It's not happening out of the blue. The change comes after rival social network Facebook made a similar declaration. Now, both major social media companies — despite their previous hesitation — have taken strong stances against anti-semitism and Holocaust denial.
Writing on Monday, Facebook's Monika Bickert, VP of Content Policy shared some of the harm caused by Holocaust denier rhetoric:
As with Facebook, it may also take some time before users begin to see tangible effects from this policy change.
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