Rep. Deutch Statement on Facebook's Decision to Prohibit Holocaust Denial
U.S. Representative Ted Deutch (FL-22), founding co-chair of the House Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism and a founding member of the Inter-Parliamentary Task Force to Combat Online Antisemitism, issued this statement after Facebook announced updates to its hate speech policy to "prohibit any content that denies or distorts the Holocaust":
"I walked through the Auschwitz Nazi death camp where more than 1 million Jews were tortured, starved, gassed, and slaughtered. I’ve sat with Survivors who endured the unimaginable horrors of the Holocaust. Telling their stories and learning about the Holocaust is what we must do to ensure it never happens again.
"Denying the Holocaust not only disrespects the memory of the 6 million Jews murdered, but corrupts our efforts to prevent atrocities and combat antisemitism in the future. This is a positive and necessary step by Facebook to prevent their platform from serving as a forum for Holocaust deniers and other antisemites."