Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg has yet again come under scanner after he refused to ban Holocaust deniers from his social-networking website. During an interview that published on Wednesday morning, He cited Holocaust denials as an example of controversial misinformation that Facebook would allow them to remain on the platform. It has said that it allows the conspiracy theories to remain on the site but limit their reach to fewer people. His comments faced immediate condemnation from the social media and civil rights activists.
"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..." TMZ quoted the Facebook CEO, who substantiated his decision, as saying.
Zuckerberg further said that it is difficult to "understand" the deniers' purpose from their Facebook posts.
However, later, Zuckerberg clarified his statement. He said, “I personally find Holocaust denial deeply offensive, and I absolutely didn't intend to defend the intent of people who deny that.”
On a related note, Zuckerberg had earlier come under fire in regard to the data leak scandal when reports started pouring in March that the social networking site had compromised with the personal data of over 87 million Facebook users to Britain-based Cambridge Analytica - which allegedly influenced voters during the 2016 US Presidential elections.