Facebook Reluctantly Permits Holocaust Hoax Pages

The touchy issue of what to do about Facebook pages claiming that the Holocaust was a hoax reared its ugly head again at the social network,but it remained consistent in allowing the pages.

The touchy issue of what to do about Facebook pages claiming that the Holocaust was a hoax reared its ugly head again at the social network, but it remained consistent in allowing the pages.

The Jewish Chronicle Online reported that 21 Holocaust survivors affiliated with the Simon Wiesenthal Center sent the following in a letter to Facebook earlier this month:

We are writing to you to protest Facebook’s policy that categorizes Holocaust denial as “free speech,” rather than the shameless, cynical, and hateful propaganda that it is.

Do not permit Holocaust denial any platform on Facebook to preach its inherent message of lies and hate. By allowing this hate propaganda on Facebook, you are exposing the public and, in particular, youth to the anti-Semitism that fueled the Holocaust.

Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes was sympathetic but firm in an email response to msnbc.com’s Digital Life, admitting that handling controversial content is one of the social network’s toughest issues.

He said that while the social network feels that the groups posting the Holocaust denial pages are “repugnant and ignorant,” after careful consideration, “the mere statement of denying the Holocaust is not a violation of our terms.”

Readers: How well do you think Facebook handled this difficult situation?