A German minister took offense and pushed back on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday for saying Holocaust denial posts should be allowed on Facebook.
Katarina Barley, the German Justice Minister, tweeted, “there can be no place for anywhere! These include verbal and physical attacks on Jews as well as denial of the . The latter is also punished by us and is consistently pursued.”
In a Recode interview published on Wednesday, Zuckerberg said that content denying the Holocaust would not necessarily be removed.
“I don’t believe that our platform should take that down because I think there are things that different people get wrong. I don’t think that they’re intentionally getting it wrong … It’s hard to impugn intent and to understand the intent,” he stated. (RELATED: Zuckerberg Says He Doesn’t Want To Ban Holocaust Deniers, Seemingly Walking Back Censorship Goals)
“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,” he added in the interview.
In Germany, denial of the Holocaust is a criminal offense, as it is in other European companies.