Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook will not ban Holocaust deniers or conspiracy theorists like Infowars because that would contradict the Facebook principle of "giving people a voice".
In a lengthy interview with Recode's Kara Swisher, which was released Wednesday, the 34-year-old CEO discussed Facebook's approach to counterfeiting and misinformation and defended his company's decision not to cancel fraudulent postings or forbid.
"I am a Jew, and there are a number of people who deny that the Holocaust happened … I find that deeply offensive," Zuckerberg said. "But at the end of the day, I do not think our platform should let up, because I think there are things that make different people wrong, I do not think they're doing it wrong on purpose."
He said he believes it's not Facebook's place to remove content just because it's not factual, unless there's a risk of actively harming someone. "It's hard to refute the intention and understand the intention, I just think, as despicable as some of these examples are, I think the reality is that I'm doing things wrong when I speak publicly … I think so That's not it right to say, "We'll take someone off the platform if they do something wrong, even several times."
He added, "What we're going to do is we'll say, Okay "You have your page, and if you do not try to harm or attack anyone, you can put that content on your page, even if people disagree or find it offensive. & # 39; But that does not mean that we have a responsibility to make it widely used in the news feed.
Zuckerberg's remarks come as the company seeks to recover from a series of bruises, including the spread of counterfeit messages and misinformation
In recent weeks, Infowars, a conspiracy theory, misrepresented the Sandy Hook mass shooting has been considered the focus of attention news, but refuses to delete Infowars' page in the social network, where it has more than 900,000 followers.
Zuckerberg said instead, Facebook's algorithm punishes fake News Pushers, what means that their posts get fewer views and they get less traffic Facebook News Feed
Asked about Infowars, the CEO said: "The approach we've taken to false news does not mean that you can not do anything on the internet can say wrong. I think that would be too extreme. Everyone has done something wrong, and if we were to break people's accounts, if they did some things wrong, that would be a tough world to give people a voice and say that you take care of it. But at the same time … I think we have a responsibility to make sure that these are not false reports and glaring misinformation.
He added, "As disgusting as some of this content may be, I think it comes to this principle to give people a voice."