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Facebook apologizes after removing Anne Frank Center’s post promoting Holocaust education

Facebook has apologized after it removed a post shared by the Anne Frank Center promoting education on the Holocaust.

The New York-based non-profit organization had shared an article on their Facebook and Twitter pages – titled ‘Americans and the Holocaust. Scary numbers.’ – from the Daily Kos, a group blog and internet forum, on August 21.

The article revealed the results of a survey conducted by the The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

Facebook appeared to censor the Anne Frank Center’s post promoting Holocaust education

The results showed almost a third of Americans believe that substantially fewer than six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust and that 45 per cent of Americans cannot name a single concentration camp. 

The Anne Frank Center had shared the article, adding in a caption: ‘These numbers are alarming, but this is why we do what we do.

‘Currently only 10 states mandate Holocaust and Genocide Education. How do we counter ignorance about the Holocaust with knowledge, compassion and understanding?’

But the group later took to Twitter saying Facebook had removed the post without any explanation – although it remained up on Twitter.

After their tweet about the August 21 post went viral, the group said Facebook contacted them to apologize for the mistake 

After their tweet about the August 21 post went viral, the group said Facebook contacted them to apologize for the mistake 

‘Hi @Facebook, you removed our post promoting the need for Holocaust Education for apparently violating community standards,’ they wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.

‘You haven’t given us a reason, yet allow Holocaust Denial pages to still exist. Seems a little hypocritical?’

The tweet quickly went viral, attracting more than 4,600 retweets and almost 9,000 likes.

Facebook replied that it had removed the post because it contained nude images of children. 

‘@AnneFrankCenter, we put your post back up and sent you a message on FB. We don’t allow nude images of children on FB, but we know this is an important image of historical significance and we’ve restored it,’ Facebook replied to the center’s tweet. 

‘We’re sorry and thank you for bringing it to our attention.’ 

The Anne Frank Center then posted an update on Twitter and Facebook saying it had been contacted by the social network about the matter.

Facebook said it had removed the post because it contained nude images of children, but restored it because of its historical significance

Facebook said it had removed the post because it contained nude images of children, but restored it because of its historical significance

The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect's mission is to advocate for the kinder and fairer world of which Anne Frank dreamed.' Pictured, the group's New York headquarters

The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect’s mission is to advocate for the kinder and fairer world of which Anne Frank dreamed.’ Pictured, the group’s New York headquarters

‘Facebook has contacted us and apologized and restored the original post. Thank you to everyone for their support and for sharing,’ they wrote on Twitter.

The group also re-shared the Daily Kos article on Facebook, adding: ‘Facebook removed this post without any explanation so we are reposting again.’

The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect’s mission is to advocate for the kinder and fairer world of which Anne Frank dreamed.’

It preserves the legacy of the young diarist who was killed in the Holocaust through education and arts programming.

DailyMail.com has contacted Facebook for comment.

 

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