(JTA) — Chelsea Clinton appointed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday to allow groups to use the social network to organize book burnings. Clinton compared the phenomenon to Facebook’s past resistance to banning Holocaust deniers from the platform.
“Come to burn books, stay for s’mores” Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, said in a tweet Wednesday. “It’s hardly surprising that #Facebook platformed the book burnings in the image of 1933 Nazi Germany. After all, Mark Zuckerberg has spent years defending the right of Holocaust deniers to spread hateful lies and spoiled fascists.”
Clinton quoted a tweet Screenshots of a Facebook page titled “book burning event” by a journalist inviting people to borrow books they find objectionable from school libraries and burn them on December 13 in Fredericksburg, Virginia. It recently made headlines after calling for a review of every book in school libraries. In the early hours of Thursday morning, the event appeared to have been removed from Facebook.
Two school board members also called for the burning of books the review deemed “obscene”. After a backlash, the school board canceled the review and one of the two school board members said he regretted calling for the book burning.
In 2020, Facebook reversed a long-standing policy that allowed Holocaust deniers to use it as a platform. In the 2018 interview, Zuckerberg said he found denial offensive because he was Jewish.However, he also said he would not leave the denial platform as he was unsure of his intentions.
Clinton, whose husband Mark Mezvinsky is Jewish, He used his platform to oppose antisemitism, including by other Democrats.