The Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) submitted to Meta’s independent Oversight Board on Thursday a document detailing the growing threats of Holocaust denial, distortion, and trivialization, and outlining steps social media companies can take to counter them.
The submission was a response to an Oversight Board query related to a case involving Holocaust denial content that had been posted on Meta platforms.
CAM welcomes Meta’s ongoing attention to this issue, and stands ready to collaborate in efforts to fight all forms of online religious hatred.
“As the number of antisemitic incidents world continues to rise both online and offline, CAM is calling on major social media platforms, including Meta, to monitor, flag, and remove extremist content that incites real-world violence targeting Jews and
Jewish communal institutions,” the document said.
“Time and again, history has proven how quickly bigoted words can turn into antisemitic violence,” it noted. “When Jews are threatened, societies as a whole are weakened, with disastrous consequences. To ensure the grim lessons of the past have been learned, good people of
conscience of all backgrounds must stand together and uphold the most basic moral principles by firmly condemning and acting against Holocaust denial, distortion, and trivialization.”
In 2022, CAM launched the #CantBeCompared campaign against the normalization of Holocaust trivialization, urging international, national, and local authorities to treat them as hate speech and combat it as such, and imploring major social media networks and other internet companies to include it in their anti-hate policies.
Between July 2021 and July 2022, CAM compiled a comprehensive database of 214 public manifestations of Holocaust trivialization. A full presentation and analysis of the data can be read in CAM’s Holocaust Trivialization Report: A Burgeoning Threat in 2021-2022.
The full document submitted by CAM to Meta’s Oversight Board can be read here.