Zuckerberg: Let me give you an example of where we would take
it down. In Myanmar or Sri Lanka, where there’s a history of
sectarian violence, similar to the tradition in the U.S. where you
can’t go into a movie theater and yell “Fire!” because that
creates an imminent harm.
The principles that we have on what we remove from the service
are: If it’s going to result in real harm, real physical harm, or
if you’re attacking individuals, then that content shouldn’t be on
the platform. There’s a lot of categories of that that we can get
into, but then there’s broad debate.
Swisher: Okay. “Sandy Hook didn’t happen” is not a debate. It
is false. You can’t just take that down?
Zuckerberg: I agree that it is false.
I also think that going to someone who is a victim of Sandy Hook
and telling them, “Hey, no, you’re a liar” — that is harassment,
and we actually will take that down. But overall, let’s take this
whole closer to home…
I’m Jewish, and there’s a set of people who deny that the
Holocaust happened. 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. I don’t think that they’re intentionally getting it wrong,
but I think—
Swisher: In the case of the Holocaust deniers, they might be,
but go ahead.
Zuckerberg: It’s hard to impugn intent and to understand the
intent. I just think, as abhorrent as some of those examples are,
I think the reality is also that I get things wrong when I speak
publicly. I’m sure you do. I’m sure a lot of leaders and public
figures we respect do too, and I just don’t think that it is the
right thing to say, “We’re going to take someone off the platform
if they get things wrong, even multiple times.”