In October of 2020, Facebook announced it would ban content that denied the existence of the Holocaust, but limited this move to only the Holocaust and not other Genocides, like the one against the Tutsi in Rwanda. Whilst Facebook is a private entity, its reach, influence and power globally cannot be underestimated.
The genocide against the Tutsis in Rwanda remains one of the greatest tragedies of our recent history. Nonetheless, the aftermath has seen denials, minimization and downplaying of this genocide.
The purpose of the paper is to investigate, how much of this denial is being done through social media, the reactions/actions thereof , the response by the media houses/owners – and also considerations of free speech and expression.
Genocides often raise prolific political considerations; why for instance would Facebook, or any other social mediums react differently towards different content/genocides. What is the repacurssion of such action? Is there a duty for social media platforms to bar content deemed to be denialist in nature? Where does free speech fall into this eaquation?
All the above questions would be answered through analytical consideration of scientific data available. This author considers denial of genocide unhelpful towards reconciliation, further infliction of pain to the victims; but above all a real risk towards discouraging genocide prevention.
The discussions, must however be presented keeping in mind the inherent right of free speech and expression which are necessary in any democratic society. Nonetheless, mindful of the utmost importance of free speech; it must be remembered that this right is not absolute.