The moderator goes in on Facebook CEO after his comments about allowing holocaust deniers on Facebook catch major blowback.
Whoopi Goldberg came this close to dropping an F-bomb on live television Thursday morning on "The View," after getting fired up over Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg allowing Holocaust denier theories to float around the social media platform.
"The Holocaust happened. You can deny it all you want to, it happened. It's fake news when they say it didn't happen," Whoopi said. "I know some people say well, that's freedom of speech, but you don't always need to use it, you don't need to go into a theater and yell fire. That is some real fake news, that is like FAKE NEWS. No Holocaust, fake news!"
"Does intent matter when people are posting fake information about the Sandy Hook shooting, or the Holocaust, or when they say those were children actors?" she asked. "That's a lie! Those were real kids who died. That's fake when they say those children were actors. TAKE IT DOWN! TAKE IT DOWN!"
On Wednesday, Zuckerberg spoke with Recode's Kara Swisher about why Facebook posts denying the Holocaust took place would not be removed from the social media platform as part of its anti-fake news initiative.
"I'm Jewish and there's a set of people who deny that the Holocaust happened," he said in the interview. "I find it deeply offensive. But at the end of the day, I don't believe that our platform should take that down because I think there are things that different people get wrong. I don't think that they're intentionally getting it wrong. Everyone gets things wrong and if we were taking down people's accounts when they got a few things wrong, then that would be a hard world for giving people a voice and saying that you care about that."
He later followed it up with a clarification, adding, "I personally find Holocaust denial deeply offensive and I absolutely didn't intend to defend the intent of people who deny that."
Whoopi wasn't having it, and went on to say that, yes, she is "all for freedom of speech," but "don't lie when you know better, when you know families lost children, don't put that up there."
"Take it down for fu ... goodness' sake," she added, catching herself from dropping an F-bomb midway through it.
Meghan McCain agreed that Facebook's "got a lot of problems right now," especially when it comes to Zuckerberg figuring out "what he thinks is fake and what he thinks isn't fake." She also criticized anyone who thinks the CEO is fit to run for president, adding, "I cannot get over how bad he is at this and how bad Facebook is at this."
Sunny Hostin did worry that censoring certain content on social media could be "slippery slope," especially in a time where she feels the First Amendment is "under attack" by the current administration.