Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is seen on stage during a town hall at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, California September 27, 2015..
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The Simon Wiesenthal Center slammed into Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday following an interview in which he said Facebook will not remove content suggesting the Holocaust did not take place.
“Mark Zuckerberg is wrong. Holocaust deniers only come in two flavors-- those who don’t want to believe there was an Auschwitz and those who want to finish the job, like Iran,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Wiesenthal Center’s Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action.
“Holocaust denial is the quintessential ‘fake news’. The Nazi Holocaust is the most documented atrocity in history, allowing the canard of Holocaust denial to be posted on Facebook, or any other social media platform cannot be justified in the name of 'free exchange of ideas' when the idea itself is based on a falsehood,” Cooper concluded.
On Wednesday, Zuckerberg gave an interview and said Facebook would not remove posts that denied the Holocaust
"I think there are things that different people get wrong. I don’t think that they’re intentionally getting it wrong," said Zuckerberg who also stated that he found Holocaust denial to be offensive.
Zuckerberg was raised as a Reform Jew and his family came to the US from Germany, Austria and Poland.