Saturday, April 13, 2024

Facebook censors posts by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum

 The management of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum announced that Facebook had removed 21 entries from the institution's account, having previously marked them as inappropriate for followers. The museum expressed its concern about the actions of Meta, the platform owner.

"Posts paying tribute to individual Auschwitz victims have been unfairly selected by the platform's content moderation system, citing absurd reasons such as 'adult nudity and sexual activity,' 'abuse and harassment,' 'hate speech,' and 'incitement to violence' »" – it was written on the Museum's account on the X platform.

The institution appealed against the moderators' decision, but only some flagged posts were restored. In addition, the post commemorating the tragic fate of Jewish children from the orphanage in Izieu from April 6 was urgently deleted without any possibility of appeal.

This egregious incident not only undermines the important work of our institution. Such an act is unacceptable and offensive to the memory of the victims of Auschwitz that we try to preserve. It is hurtful to Survivors, descendants, and all those committed to preserving historical truth.

The museum demands an immediate and thorough investigation of this matter, along with "a transparent explanation of why these posts were flagged at all." 

PN: While I "agree" with Facebook that what Nazi Germans did between 1939 and 1945 was a violation of "community standards," writing about it is not. Facebook should take a closer look at its own "moderators" who abuse their power and "community standards."

On the other hand, the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum should check for the infamous 'shadow banning, ' which I suspect happens to my account.

- Based on reporting by Dorzeczy.