Facebook to help Germany with anti-racism drive

Facebook vowes to help Germany counter racism and anti-refugee harassment on internet

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Germany urges Facebook to delete racist posts.

Updated Sep 16, 2015

Facebook agreed to work with Germany to prevent racism and hate posts from social media and deploy experts to monitor people who post xenophobic comments in German related to Europe’s refugee crisis.

The social media giant will work with the German government to avoid hate speech, which are mostly about politicians who support the rigths of refugees.

Last week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised to do more and combat racist abuse and the social media company met Justice Minister Heiko Maas for his suggestion on Monday.

"This is a joint task for the whole of society, and I am very grateful to Facebook that they are taking their responsibly in this joint task," Maas said at a news conference in Berlin after meeting Facebook executives.

Germany receives highest number of asylum applications in Europe and expects to get 800,000 refugees this year, mostly from Syria and Afghanistan.

Facebook’s Plan

Media reported that Facebook will follow ‘’three new steps’’ to counter xenophobia on the platform: Partnership with a German non-profit community group aiming to provide a safe environment for young people on the internet, a nation wide campaign to promote their goals with the help of experts from UK and Nordic countries who have experience fighting racism on social networks, and an online task force to monitor hate speech and counter xenophobia on the internet.

Facebook emphasized its ‘’Community Standarts’’ and has already banned hate speech targeted at people based on race, disability, nation, religion and sex.

TRTWorld and agencies