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August 10, 2018 Friday 07:59:50 PM IST
Facebook Does not Take it Down'Simply for Being False'

"We don't allow hate speech on Facebook because it creates an environment where people feel personally attacked, where they won't feel comfortable coming and sharing themselves," Bickert said.

"The one thing that we don't remove is where someone simply asserts something false," she said, adding that Facebook tries to counter the virality of such content or tries to promote or make visible other views.

"Even if it is a horrible assertion of falsity, whether it's about the Holocaust or any other world even, we don't remove content simply for being false," Bickert added.

The statement bears significance at a time when rumours on social media platforms have been linked to real world violence in several countries, including India.

"And we also block the speech where countries have told us, 'this is illegal in our country', then we will remove that speech in that country alone," she said.

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