Mark Zuckerberg facing probe over racist Facebook posts


Senior bosses at social networking behemoth Facebook are under investigation by German officials over allegations of racist posts.
German prosecutors are looking into claims that Facebook has incited racism as the network faces increased pressure to take more action over racist posts.
Officials in Munich are investigating after receiving a complaint from German lawyer Chan-jo Jun, who long been campaigning for Facebook to step up to the plate and fight hate speech.
German laws mean that social media operators must take down any posts which incite violence as soon as they are made aware of them.
But, Mr Jun says that Facebook has not acted on dozens of racist posts which he has reported.
One example was a post written about a family of Syrian refugees, he says, which urged: “Pour petrol over them and set them on fire!”
However, a spokesperson for Facebook has said that Mr Jun’s sweeping allegations are lacking in merit and that Facebook employees had not flouted any German law.
The spokesperson added: “There is no place for hate on Facebook. We work closely with partners to fight hate speech and foster counter speech.”
This new probe comes as German politicians are already concerned about hate speech, which has increased by a staggering 112 per cent on the German language internet over the past year.
Germany’s Nazi history, as well as a huge population of Middle East refugees arriving in the country, means that the country is particularly worried about racist incidents.
There is also a mounting distrust in Germany about the increasing power and influence of US-headquartered tech companies.
Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel said that she feared search engines could change public perception and debate to the detriment of democracy.
Facebook says it takes seriously any content posted which includes hate speech, incitement or glorification of violence. It says this violates the community standards it sets and urges people to report such posts so it can remove them.
However, Ms Merkel has already indicated to Mr Zuckerberg that she does not feel this goes far enough. As a result, Facebook has agreed to form part of a German task force on hate speech.
German justice minister Heiko Maas says that Facebook has deleted less than half of the unlawful posts it was told about. He said German authorities were now carrying out monitoring to see how social media acted upon complaints.

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