News

Facebook is “actively promoting” holocaust denial content, study finds

Facebook have landed themselves in even more controversy, with new research proving that the site commonly recommends holocaust denial content to users. 

Looks like Facebook is back on its bullshit again and the allegations keep getting worse.

On top of the company failing its first-ever civil-rights audit, a new study has found that the Facebook algorithm actively promotes holocaust denial content to users, rather than removing it for hate speech.

The disgusting truth was exposed in a study by London think-tank The Institute for Strategic Dialogue. As any simple Facebook search will show you, the paper details the horrifying presence of Holocaust denial on the site and the lack of moderation over such content. To make matters worse, Facebook’s algorithm has been found to actively promote this material and will lead such users “towards just more political extreme-right pages.” 

To no-one’s real surprise, Facebook are very aware of this content and their neglience. In a 2018 Internal Report, the company noted that “64% of all extremist groups joins are due to our recommendation tools”. In response, CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated that while he found extremist material“deeply offensive”, he argued that: “I don’t believe our platform should take that down because I think there are things that different people get wrong.”

The lack of responsibility here is frightening. Hopefully, in the future, we will begin to see positive changes in the Facebook algorithm but, for now, it seems like that could take some time. 

Up next: Facebook to introduce a feature that allows artists to charge for online events