Trump appointee slams Zuckerberg's Holocaust comments

Trump appointee slams Zuckerberg's Holocaust comments
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One of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report MORE's appointees has called on Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergHillicon Valley: Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract in court | State antitrust investigation into Google expands | Intel agencies no longer collecting location data without warrant Civil rights groups demand changes to Facebook's political speech policy Hillicon Valley: Federal inquiry opened into Google health data deal | Facebook reports millions of post takedowns | Microsoft shakes up privacy debate | Disney plus tops 10M sign-ups in first day MORE to change his company's content policy after the tech executive said Holocaust deniers on the platform did not "intentionally" get their facts wrong.

Paul Packer, who chairs the U.S. Commission to Preserve America’s Heritage Abroad, an independent government agency, wrote to Zuckerberg calling for major changes to Facebook to keep white supremacists and Holocaust deniers off the platform.

In the letter dated July 19 and published by Axios on Friday, Packer calls for Zuckerberg to meet his "ethical obligation" as a CEO and not allow the "further destruction" of history.

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"In doing so, you may better live up to Facebook's mission and help to ensure that history's worst atrocities are not repeated," he wrote.

Packer also invited the Facebook chief to join him on a visit to countries previously under Nazi control, possibly including visits to concentration camps.

The U.S. Commission to Preserve America’s Heritage Abroad aims to identify areas in Europe where Americans claim heritage and works with local governments to preserve the area.

Zuckerberg faced heavy criticism earlier this month after he said on a Recode podcast that he did not think Facebook should remove a post that denied the existence or scope of the Holocaust because he did not think such posts "intentionally" get their facts wrong.

“I’m Jewish, and there’s a set of people who deny that the Holocaust happened,” Zuckerberg said in the interview.

“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."

“It’s hard to impugn intent and to understand the intent,” Zuckerberg added in the interview. “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.’"

Zuckerberg later said he did not "intend to defend Holocaust deniers."