Facebook Starts Campaign Against Extremist Posts in Europe

After concerns raised by different politicians in Germany over the rise in racist and xenophobic comments on the social media after recent influx of refugees, Facebook has started a campaign against extremist posts across Europe.

The initiate has been named “Initiative for Civil Courage Online” in Berlin with a pledge of more than 1 million euros. The initiative will support NGOs in their efforts to contain and counter the xenophobic and racist posts on social media.

Sheryl Sandberg, the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, has said that hate speech has “no place in our society” including the internet.

Critics are of the view that Facebook does not enforce its ground rules against harassment, threatening language and bullying.

Facebook also has announced that it has hired publisher Bertelsmann which will help Facebook in monitoring and removal of racist posts across Germany.

Last November, investigators had launched against Facebook in Germany over the charge that the company was not doing its enough effort to counter hate speech propagation on Facebook.

Many German politicians have voiced concern over the rise of hate speech after arrival of more than 1.1 million refugees in Germany last year. German chancellor Angela Merkel has also asked Facebook to step up its efforts. German Government has also set up a task force to coordinate with social networks to take down hate filled posts more quickly.

 

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