Facebook acknowledged in a statement this week that it went too far in attempting to enforce its ban on images of nude children.
In a tweet posted earlier this week, the nonprofit civil rights center revealed that it had not received a response to a complaint submitted nearly a week earlier.
Hi @Facebook, you removed our post promoting the need for Holocaust Education for apparently violating community standards. You haven't given us a reason, yet allow Holocaust Denial pages to still exist. Seems a little hypocritical?(the post was the exact same as the tweet below) https://t.co/H4bYTdEQp3
— Anne Frank Center (@AnneFrankCenter) August 29, 2018
“Hi @Facebook, you removed our post promoting the need for Holocaust Education for apparently violating community standards,” the organization stated. “You haven’t given us a reason, yet allow Holocaust Denial pages to still exist. Seems a little hypocritical?”
In an interview last month, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended the fact that controversial content, such as Holocaust denial pages, remained published by arguing that he cannot determine the intent of those individuals sharing it.
“I’m Jewish, and there’s a set of people who deny that the Holocaust happened,” he said. “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.”
As Fox News reported, Facebook has since reversed its decision to remove the historical photo.
“We put your post back up and sent you a message on FB,” a Facebook statement announced. “We don’t allow nude images of children on FB, but we know this is an important image of historical significance and we’ve restored it. We’re sorry and thank you for bringing it to our attention.”
The center also updated its Facebook followers with the news, though one spokeswoman said the response was too little, too late.
“We understand the difficult in assessing the context of potentially controversial content,” Alexandra Devitt said. “That said, it shouldn’t have taken us publicly calling out Facebook to restore our post. Hopefully, Facebook can revise their protocols.”
Her statement continued to echo the criticism included in the initial tweet.
“While Facebook removes the AFC’s post promoting the need to educate on the past, it continues to allow pages and posts that directly deny the reality of the deaths of more than six million people,” Devitt said.
Facebook was involved in a similar controversy about two years ago.
In that case, the company restored a previously removed photo of a naked girl running, along with others, from the scene of a 1972 napalm attack on the South Vietnamese
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