Masked attackers destroyed a large building property belonging to Facebook in Hamburg, Germany, prompting state police to commence investigations into the incident.
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Although no one was reportedly injured in the vandalism, the attackers smashed glasses and threw paint on the wall of the building, writing “Facebook dislike” with spray paint on the walls and defacing almost everything within their reach.
The attack was carried out on Saturday night, and a police statement revealed between 15-20 people clad in black clothes and wearing hoods carried out the dastardly act.
No motive could be established for the heinous act at the moment, but analysts say it could be connected with Facebook’s failure to remove various hate speech posted by refugee activists on the social network, and for which Martin Ott, Facebook’s managing director for northern, central and eastern Europe has come under intense scrutiny.
Based in Hamburg, Ott is accused of failing to remove hate speech posted in German on Facebook among other social sites about Germany’s stance on refugees coming into the country.
Facebook has not given an official response to the issues, but a spokesperson noted that there is not merit in the allegations, adding that Facebook has not violated any German law and its employees have not offended the country with any acts in any way.
Maintaining a collaboration with FSM, a group that tracks multimedia service providers in the Germany, Facebook states it would support all users on its platform to rise up against hate speech and racism in any form.