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Germany: Facebook should take initiative to remove racist, violent content

29 Aug, 2016

(L-R) German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, Eva- Maria Kirschsieper, Facebook head of public policy D-A-CH and Martin Ott, Facebook managing director central Europe, walk during a visted at the Facebook office in Berlin, GermanyGermany’s interior minister visits Facebook’s offices in Berlin and said it should be more proactive in removing forbidden content from its social network platform. The German government has been critical of Facebook in the past. Political leaders and regulators have complained the world’s largest social network, with 1.6 billion monthly users, had been slow to respond to hate speech and anti-immigrant messages. De Maizier:

Facebook should take down racist content or calls for violence from its pages on its own initiative even if it hasn’t yet received a complaint.