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Zuckerberg says Facebook won’t ban conspiracy theory sites

Facebook won’t ban sites that peddle conspiracy theories about the Holocaust or Sandy Hook — because they’re just making mistakes, CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained in an interview released Wednesday.

“I don’t believe that our platforms 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,” Zuckerberg said this week on Recode’s “Decode” podcast.

Though he finds Holocaust denial “deeply offensive,” Zuckerberg, who is Jewish, said deniers have a place on Facebook as long as they genuinely believe the content they’re sharing.

“It’s hard to impugn intent and to understand the intent,” Zuckerberg said. “I think the reality is also that I get things wrong when I speak publicly … I just don’t think that it is the right thing to say we are going to take someone off the platform if they get things wrong, even multiple times.”

The social media giant faced mounting backlash over the past week for allowing the Alex Jones-led site InfoWars to remain on the platform — despite the fact that it’s spread lies about the Sandy Hook massacre and contributed to the false “Pizzagate” conspiracy.

“As abhorrent as some of this content can be, I do think that it gets down to this principle of giving people a voice,” said Zuckerberg.

Instead of banning websites outright, Facebook will just continue to remove individual posts that violate its terms of service — like those promoting or inciting violence, he added.

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