Mark Zuckerberg admitted on Friday that Facebook recognizes, and will be doing more to counteract, hate speech against migrants.
In September, Mark Zuckerberg met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel about ongoing hate speech issues in Germany.
The meeting Friday was in response to anti-migrant Facebook posts by neo-Nazi sympathizers that have made their way onto the social media platform since Facebook was made available in their country.
Mark Zuckerburg said on Friday, “Learning more about German culture and German law has led us to change our approach on that. This is always a work in progress. I’m not going to claim up here today that we’re perfect, we’re definitely not.”
Facebook recently pledged over $1 million dollars in funds to the Online Civil Courage Initiative. The group also receives support from the German Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection.
Hopefully all of the actions taken by Mark Zuckerberg will help slow the flow of all kinds of hate speech on the immensely popular social media platform.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg expressed similar sentiments with Mark Zuckerberg and said of the initiative, “We have repeatedly emphasized that Facebook is no place for the dissemination of xenophobia, hate speech or calls for violence.”
She added, “With this new initiative, we are convinced to better understand and respond to the challenges of extremist speech on the internet.”
What do you think of the extraordinary steps Mark Zuckerberg has gone through to stop hate speech on Facebook?