The UK government is taking unprecedented steps to combat an internet chain letter that claims the Holocaust will no longer be studied in UK schools because of fears of offending Muslims.
Ed Balls, minister for children, schools and families, has denounced the "Holocaust ban" e-mail as a hoax.
The e-mail contains the following:
"Recently this week, UK removed The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it 'offended' the Moslem population which claims it never occurred. This is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving into it.
"This e-mail is intended to reach 40 million people worldwide! Join us and be a link in the memorial chain and help us distribute it around the world. Please send this e-mail to ten people you know and ask them to continue the memorial chain."
Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at web security software firm Sophos, said, "It is simply not true that UK schools are banned from teaching about the Holocaust, and anyone forwarding a message like this is unwittingly feeding an urban myth.
"We have seen many reports of this chain letter and it's clear that this message is not just propagating via traditional e-mail, but also via social networking websites like Facebook, where people forward nonsense messages to all of their friends without necessarily engaging their brains."