He pointed to the nations of Myanmar and Sri Lanka, where social media may have contributed to deadly sectarian conflict, according to United Nations and government officials.
If Facebook were to ban Holocaust denial, it might also be called on to prohibit the denial of other historical events, such as the Armenian genocide or the massacre of Native Americans by European colonizers. He still tried to defend his position by saying that Facebook's goal was not to "prevent anyone from saying something untrue" but to "stop fake news and misinformation spreading across our services" by essentially limiting such content's distribution in the News Feed.
"I find [Holocaust denialism] deeply offensive".
Speaking with Recode's Kara Swisher, Zuckerberg, who is Jewish, said in an interview published Wednesday that Facebook posts denying the Holocaust took place would not be removed automatically.
Although he described such posts as "deeply offensive", the social network chief executive said that he does not think users sharing Holocaust denial material are "intentionally getting it wrong".
Presently, Facebook bans content that directly calls for violence but the new policy will cover fake news that has the potential to stir up physical harm which includes both written posts and manipulated images, CNET reported.
In the interview with Recode, Zuckerberg said that Facebook sees a substantial difference between false information and the type of false information that can result in physical harm.
Zuckerberg continually dodged Swisher's direct question about InfoWars, breaking down the company's core philosophy. There's giving people a voice, so that people can express their opinions.
"I think that that would be too extreme".
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gestures while delivering the keynote address at the f8 Facebook Developer Conference 2014.
Mr Zuckerberg said people who impart false information do not always intend to do so.
"No one should defend those, who deny Holocaust", German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who actually introduced the so-called "network enforcement law" while he was a justice minister, said in a tweet, commenting on the recent developments. After the piece ran on Recode.net, Zuckerberg provided an update.
It isn't about Zuckerberg's personal feelings about Holocaust deniers.
The latest controversy comes with Facebook seeking to fix the damage from misinformation spread on the platform during the 2016 United States election campaign and the hijacking of private data by consulting firm Cambridge Analytica as it worked on Donald Trump's campaign.
"I believe Facebook was a great platform for the president", campaign digital director Brad Parscale, who is now serving as Trump's 2020 campaign manager, told BuzzFeed News.