February 28, 2016

"Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced on Friday in Berlin that he recognized that Facebook needs to crack down more on 'hate speech' against migrants."

Christian Science Monitor: In response to the refugee crisis in Europe, and the resulting anti-migrant Facebook postings by neo-Nazi sympathizers, the social media platform hired 200 German employees to monitor the site. by Christina Beck

'At a Friday meeting attended by more than 1,000 Germans in Berlin, Mr. Zuckerberg told attendees that although it had not previously considered migrants a protected class, such as racial minorities, the platform was willing to admit its mistake.

'"Learning more about German culture and German law has led us to change our approach on that," said Zuckerberg on Friday. "This is always a work in progress. I'm not going to claim up here today that we're perfect, we're definitely not."

'Facebook opened an office in Berlin last month. According to the German news outlet Deutsche Welle, Facebook serves 28 million German users. Reuters reports that the number is closer to 21 million.

'Facebook has been in discussions about privacy and hate speech with Germany for months. Last summer, it announced that it would conform to Germany’s strict hate speech laws and attempt to take down racist posts within a day.'

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