Facebook Decides Holocaust Denial Content Is Bad, Actually

Facebook has, for years, intentionally looked the other way when users shared content that denied or distorted the Holocaust.

That may finally be changing.

Facebook’s vice president of content policy, Monika Bickert, said Monday the company is updating its hate speech policy to prohibit Holocaust denials and distortions. 

A “well-documented rise in anti-Semitism globally and the alarming level of ignorance about the Holocaust, especially among young people,” Bickert said, prompted the long-overdue change.

The announcement makes no mention of how Facebook itself contributed to that anti-Semitic rise. The social media platform has become a clearinghouse for misinformation concerning virtually every subject, including Holocaust denials and anti-Semitism in general.

It’s unclear how Facebook intends to enforce the expanded policy, or how it will define content that violates it.

“Enforcement of these policies cannot happen overnight,” Bickert acknowledged in the announcement. “There is a range of content that can violate these policies, and it will take some time to train our reviewers and systems on enforcement.”

The company told HuffPost it will apply the policy to all of its users, including politicians. Politicians have enjoyed lax enforcement of Facebook’s community standards, thanks to a loophole the social media company created that protects their posts as “newsworthy content.”

Facebook had resisted calls to take down Holocaust denial content going back to at least 2011, when 21 Holocaust survivors pleaded with the company to deny access to users who promoted the conspiracy theory that Nazis didn’t murder 6 million Jews during WWII.

“By allowing this hate propaganda on Facebook,” the group warned the company in a letter, “you are exposing the public and, in particular, youth to the anti-Semitism which fueled the Holocaust.”

Facebook, at the time, nevertheless decided Holocaust denials didn’t violate its terms.

A Facebook spokesperson declined to address why the company

Top remote work tools for productivity, via GitHub, GitLab, Facebook

  • With remote work a long-term reality for many companies, tools to help employees work productively from home are critical. 
  • StackShare shared which tools are most popular on its platform, while execs from companies like Facebook, GitHub, Gitlab, and Atlassian also dished on their go-to products. 
  • It’s not just about the specific tools, though, it’s about how they’re used — including to keep company culture alive. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Because of the pandemic, remote work has become the new normal for many tech companies. 

Firms like Facebook, Twitter, and Atlassian are allowing employees to work remotely permanently, if they wish — a practice already adopted by startups like GitLab — and adapting to new productivity products in the process. It’s not just about the tools a company uses though, but also how they use them. 

StackShare, a website for companies to share what apps they use, has seen more traffic during the pandemic on its pages for remote work tools like Zoom and Google Meet. 

“The most popular tools that we’ve seen on StackShare throughout this whole pandemic have been the ones that help keep culture — help you keep that alive,”  Yonas Beshawred, founder and CEO of StackShare, told Business Insider. 

Execs from GitLab, Facebook, GitHub, and more shared the tools that they’ve been using to help employees make remote work work:

Companies are turning to video conferencing tools like Zoom and even Discord

StackShare users often look up comparisons between Google Meet and Zoom, says Yonas Beshawred, founder and CEO of StackShare.

“Zoom is really popular of course, but people have all sorts of issues with it, whether it’s security or costs,” Beshawred told Business Insider. “The fact that it’s still being compared to alternatives means there’s still demand for better video chats or video

Facebook India appoints Sunil Abraham as Public Policy Director for Data and Emerging Tech

New Delhi, Oct 12 (PTI) Facebook India on Monday announced appointment of Sunil Abraham as the Public Policy Director for Data and Emerging Tech to lead and shape the company’s stance on tech policy issues in India.

He will report to Facebook India Public Policy Director Ankhi Das, and will be responsible for building partnerships and engagements with key stakeholders in the public policy area of data privacy, consumer protection, and AI-led innovation for new products and services, a statement said.

As part of the public policy leadership team, Abraham will contribute to important policy development initiatives and proceedings in India and the South Asia region on data protection, privacy, new and emerging tech and represent Facebook’s position in these multi-stakeholder processes, it added.

Abraham had co-founded Mahiti Infotech, an open technology service provider for non-profit sector, in 1998, while in 2008, he co-founded the Centre for Internet and Society, a policy and academic research organisation.

He has been an advocate of free/open source software and was a part of the Wikimedia movement starting in 2004 when he co-managed the International Open Source Network for UNDP.

Most recently, he spent a year as Endowed Professor at ArtEZ University for Arts in the Netherlands.

Speaking about the appointment, Facebook India, South and Central Asia Public Policy Director Ankhi Das said Abraham’s experience in the field of technology policy and his vast research on data reforms are an ideal fit for Facebook.

‘We are thrilled to have Sunil in our team as he brings deep industry and civil society knowledge and understanding. With his expertise and experience, he will help us in our mission to build transparency, accountability and empowered communities,’ she added. PTI SR RVK

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Facebook India appoints Sunil Abraham as public policy director for data, emerging tech

NEW DELHI :
Facebook India on Monday announced appointment of Sunil Abraham as the Public Policy Director for Data and Emerging Tech to lead and shape the company’s stance on tech policy issues in India.

He will report to Facebook India Public Policy Director Ankhi Das, and will be responsible for building partnerships and engagements with key stakeholders in the public policy area of data privacy, consumer protection, and AI-led innovation for new products and services, a statement said.

As part of the public policy leadership team, Abraham will contribute to important policy development initiatives and proceedings in India and the South Asia region on data protection, privacy, new and emerging tech and represent Facebook’s position in these multi-stakeholder processes, it added.

Abraham had co-founded Mahiti Infotech, an open technology service provider for non-profit sector, in 1998, while in 2008, he co-founded the Centre for Internet and Society, a policy and academic research organisation.

He has been an advocate of free/open source software and was a part of the Wikimedia movement starting in 2004 when he co-managed the International Open Source Network for UNDP.

Most recently, he spent a year as Endowed Professor at ArtEZ University for Arts in the Netherlands.

Speaking about the appointment, Facebook India, South and Central Asia Public Policy Director Ankhi Das said Abraham’s experience in the field of technology policy and his vast research on data reforms are an ideal fit for Facebook.

“We are thrilled to have Sunil in our team as he brings deep industry and civil society knowledge and understanding. With his expertise and experience, he will help us in our mission to build transparency, accountability and empowered communities,” she added.

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Facebook appoints public policy director for data, emerging tech in India

Ever since the Cambridge Analytic scandal broke out in the media in 2018, Facebook has been under constant scrutiny over the user privacy policy. And this also helped shed light on how the user profiles are being created virtually and push targeted ads to the people; thus, generating revenue for the social media platforms.

Over time, several governments across the world including India have drafted to protect user privacy and enforce them on digital media controlled by tech giants such as Google, Amazon, Facebook and others.

Now, Facebook has appointed Sunil Abraham as the company’s regional Public Policy, Director for Data and Emerging Tech in India. Abraham will be coordinating with the Indian government in terms of data privacy, consumer protection, and AI (Artificial Intelligence) led innovation for new products and services. 

“Sunil’s experience in the field of technology policy and his vast research on data reforms are an ideal fit for Facebook. We are thrilled to have Sunil in our team as he brings deep industry and civil society knowledge and understanding. With his expertise and experience, he will help us in our mission to build transparency, accountability and empowered communities,” said Ankhi Das, Public Policy Director, Facebook -India, South & Central Asia.

Who is Sunil Abraham?
Previously, Sunil Abraham has been an Endowed Professor at ArtEZ University for the Arts in the Netherland for a year. Before that, he co-founded Mahiti Infotech, an open technology service provider for the nonprofit sector in 1998.


Sunil Abraham, Public Policy Director for data, emerging tech in India, Facebook. Picture credit: Aida Kadrispahic/Wikimedia Deutschland

After a decade, Abraham, in 2008, co-founded the Centre for Internet and Society, policy and academic research organization focusing on accessibility, openness, access to knowledge, internet governance, digital humanities and telecom regulation. 

Also, He has been an advocate