Facebook Hires Firm To Monitor And Delete Hate Speech, Racist Comments In Germany

Posted: Jan 19 2016, 7:12am CST | by , in News | Latest Political News


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Following the rise of hate speech and other xenophobic comments in Germany, Facebook has risen to monitor its social platform and delete unpleasant remarks targeted at the refugees being taken in to the country, according to a Reuters report.

To make this more effective, Facebook hired publisher Bertelsmann to monitor and delete racist posts made on its platform in Germany.

Since the country started taking in large numbers of migrants last year, there has been a corresponding rise in the wave of anti-refugee comments, with some of the commenters going as far as threatening immigrants.

German politicians noticed a systematic rise of this xenophobic problem on Facebook, and called the attention of the social media to it, asking that more be done to monitor hate speech and clamp down on militant remarks.

To this end, Facebook launched its “Initiative for Civil Courage Online” in Berlin, promising to fork out €1 million or $1.09 million to back NGOs committed to routing racist remarks from the internet, especially from the largest social media network in the world.

Racist remarks “has no place in our society” and on the internet, noted Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook Chief Operating Officer. It is already common knowledge that Facebook is strongly against harassment, bullying, and the use of threats against other users on the platform or persons elsewhere, stating so in its terms.

But some people think Facebook has not been doing too well to actually enforce the rules concerning hate speech, and some critics have taken out this vexation on Facebook property in Hamburg and in other places in Europe.

Top German celebrities and politicians also condemn the use of Facebook for disseminating hate language, urging the social media to do more to prevent anti-foreigner speech.

Germany took in about 1.1 million migrants in 2015, giving haters the more license to vent their xenophobic character. But Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Justice Ministry implored Facebook to clamp down on these hate speech, collaborating with ISPs and other major social networks to monitor the net and delete anti-foreigner posts within seconds of being posted.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/52" rel="author">Charles I. Omedo</a>
Charles is covering the latest discoveries in science and health as well as new developments in technology. He is the Chief Editor or Intel-News.





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