>> Since the 2016 campaign, Facebook has been under tremendous pressure to clean up fake news on its site. As part of the effort, the social media giant has had to choose which sources of news are more credible than others. And in doing so, weigh truthfulness while not seeming partisan.
In an interview with the tech blog Recode published Wednesday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg was asked why he wouldn't ban certain outlets like Info Wars which push conspiracy theories like say, the Sandy Hook massacre was staged. His response, so 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. It's hard to impugn intent and to understand the intent.
That statement sparked outrage online, with commentators shocked that the founder of such a huge social media company wouldn't outright condemn or ban such speech on his platform. Sensing the blowback, Zuckerberg quickly had to clarify his statement emailing Recode to add, quote, I personally find Holocaust denial deeply offensive.
And I absolutely didn't intend to defend the intent of people who deny that.