"We think that there is a meaningful difference between advocating violence against a group of people and expressing an opinion on a policy, set of beliefs, or historical event." http://daphneanson.blogspot.com/2011/07/de-nile-is-cesspool-on-facebook.htmlAt a meeting of the Online Antisemitism Working Group in Jerusalem last month, the issue (first raised by the Working Group two years ago) was discussed via video link with a senior executive of Facebook, who frustratingly confirmed the company line. This resulted in a letter being sent on 12 July to Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg by the co-chairmen of the Working Group, Winnipeg-based lawyer David Matas and Melbourne-based academic Dr Andre Oboler:
"We call on Facebook to abandon its insistence on treating Holocaust denial in a context-free manner, in which it is considered nothing more than the rejection of a historical event. The context makes it clear that there is no meaningful distinction between Holocaust denial and incitement to hatred against Jews … We ask that Facebook recognize Holocaust denial as a form of hate speech, issue a statement to this effect, and do its utmost to remove Holocaust denial from the Facebook platform."
Zuckerberg has not responded, and Oboler reportedly speculates that perhaps Zuckerberg and his fellow Jewish executives are "bending too far in the other direction to let everybody know that they support free speech".
Read more: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/08/18/facebook-s-holocaust-denial-hate-speech-problem.html