Monthly Archives: October 2020

Holocaust Deniers Banned from Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook has made updated conditions to the user terms, with the company making a formal announcement through their Founder & CEO. Mark Zuckerberg announced that updated policies had been implemented that explicitly ban Holocaust denial, which has grown throughout the hateful political climate. Zuckerberg emphasized that his understanding of banning posts & free speech is growing, that a correct balance is coming into effect.

Governments worldwide have implored Mark Zuckerberg to understand that freedom of speech can be detrimental to society. It means that the spreading of false information regarding historical events like genocide grows daily. In 2018, Mark Zuckerberg didn’t believe that banning posts regarding Holocaust denial was required & that these individuals were getting it wrong. Zuckerberg acknowledged two-years-ago that deniers would be informed of accurate historical information.

Sentiments from Mark Zuckerberg have now changed, with the Facebook Founder & Chief Executive Officer emphasizing his offence towards the growing number of Holocaust deniers. Millions were killed because of the hateful mentalities of the Nazi Army. When Mark Zuckerberg had initially declined to remove Holocaust denial posts on Facebook, his Jewish community shunned the CEO for turning his back against the community. After changing the policy, praise has been given by Jewish users that’ve experienced a backlash against their defences on Holocaust denial posts.

Mark Zuckerberg emphasized that his mindset & thinking has evolved in recent months, with Facebook data indicating Anti-Semitic violence is growing worldwide. Data also revealed that hate speech is increasing against multiple communities and that he’s begun considering policies that determine acceptable speech.

It should be mentioned that Facebook terminates hate speech regarding harmful stereotypes on race & gender. Zuckerberg was hoping to avoid implementing a similar measure against religious hatred, specifically Anti-Semitism. Multiple news agencies have questioned Facebook executives on this decision, including the VP of Content Policy. Monika Bicker expressed that an alarming level of ignorance regarding the Holocaust is growing amongst young communities & that it cannot be tolerated going forward. The Vice President of Content Policy promised Facebook users that reliable information regarding the Holocaust would be proved, in-replacement of Holocaust denial posts.

DPAH Fines H&M €35.3 Million for Illegal Surveillance

Several hundred employed personnel working for Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M Clothing) had their digital profiles illegally surveyed by international corporations. Excessive information was located by the “Data Protection Authority of Hamburg”. Records of employed personnel’s religious beliefs, extended family, and respective illnesses were documented against the will of several hundred employees. H&M was charged under the “General Data Protection Regulation of Europe” at €35.3 Million.

Hennes & Mauritz AB took full accountability of their illegal actions, confirming that employees will receive compensation for the crimes committed against them. H&M being fined €35.3 Million marks the 2nd large fines under the European Union’s GDPR Legislation. France’s CNIL issued a €50 Million fine onto Google for breaching consumer data. Largescale corporations worldwide are receiving backlash from international government, with the realization that these companies have collected the data of billions illegally & without a proper warrant.

Privacy Violations from H&M Clothing include the following:

  • Comprising staff surveys.
  • Details regarding holiday plans.
  • The demand for an illness diagnosis.
  • Information on medical symptoms.
  • Friendship access on employee’s social media.

Details regarding them several hundred employed personnel targeted in the illegal surveillance, shows that H&M Managers working under the Corporate Division were illegally requesting information that goes beyond obligatory data. DPAH clarified that throughout their investigation, it became notified that H&M Managers in specific locations were requesting data on family issues & religious beliefs. Exceptional cases also saw Managers contacting female or male staff with sexually targeted discussions.

The DPAH mentioned that Hennes & Mauritz AB – Corporate Division, showed despicable disregard for the allegations when first approached. The DPAH Head of Operations clarified that the €35.3 Million fine is justified, with Johannes Caspar hoping that it’ll evoke fear into other companies implementing similar tactics.

No apologies were made by Hennes & Mauritz Clothing, sentiments seemingly being unreserved & lacking on genuine sympathies. All that H&M Clothing could state was that all employed personnel at affected service centres would receive financial compensation. When questioned on their lack of care, H&M Clothing responded by saying forceful measures will be taken against Q3/Q4 shortcomings. This is threatening for affected employed personnel, who’ll likely lose their jobs.