Following Facebook, Twitter will now ban Holocaust denial

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Following Facebook, Twitter will now ban Holocaust denial

Second major social media network makes the move after Mark Zuckerberg's announcement last week.

Actress Tracy-Ann Oberman called for a 48-hour boycott of Twitter to protest antiSemitism on the platform, many politicians joined, including Jess Phillips. (Twitter)
Actress Tracy-Ann Oberman called for a 48-hour boycott of Twitter to protest antiSemitism on the platform, many politicians joined, including Jess Phillips. (Twitter)

Twitter will now ban posts that deny the Holocaust.

A spokesperson said posts that “deny or distort” violent events including the Holocaust would be banned.

Twitter is the second major social media network to ban Holocaust denial this week. Facebook announced on Monday that it would ban posts that deny or distort the Holocaust, two years after Mark Zuckerberg said Holocaust denial should be allowed in the name of free speech.

“We strongly condemn antisemitism, and hateful conduct has absolutely no place on our service,” the Twitter spokesperson said in a statement. “We also have a robust ‘glorification of violence’ policy in place and take action against content that glorifies or praises historical acts of violence and genocide, including the Holocaust.”

The moves come as social media networks make a series of moves to crack down on hateful content ahead of the presidential election, and as activists have called on social media companies to do more to combat hate and misinformation. Facebook also recently banned content related to the QAnon conspiracy theory, as well as a range of hateful posts including those that say Jews control the world. YouTube likewise banned QAnon content, and Twitter removed thousands of QAnon accounts this summer.

Twitter has taken an especially tough stance on disinformation recently, appending warnings to tweets by President Trump sharing false information, violent content or conspiracy theories. The network also recently blocked an unsubstantiated article about Joe Biden from the New York Post, before saying similar content would be allowed with a warning attached.

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