Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) To Fight Hate On German Network In Partnership With FSM
Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) has been drawn into the refugee crisis in Europe in a fashion that the company certainly didn’t anticipate. Haters are using Facebook to inspire racist and xenophobic sentiments in Germany and the company has pledged to crack down on the abusers. To achieve that goal, Facebook has sought partnership with a group called Voluntary Self-Monitoring of Multimedia Service Providers (FSM).
Many people in Germany are already using Facebook to mobilize help for the thousands of refugees pouring into the country, mostly from the Middle East. However, some other people have taken to Facebook to incite and inspire hate. Neither Facebook nor German authorities are happy with those using Facebook to inspire hateful commentaries. As such, Facebook has promised to take on those who abuse their freedom of speech on the social network.
Taking on hate-mongers
According to Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), the company is working on multiple solutions to counter online hate on its platform. The company intends to work with organizations in Germany to come up with effective solutions to defeat racist and xenophobic activities on its network. Facebook has also asked its users to report any offensive posts they come across on the platform.
Some German officials have already asked Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) to move quickly to crack down on hateful commentary on its site. Germany’s opposition co-chief, Katrin Goering-Eckardt, is one of those who have been attacked on Facebook because of her stance on the refugee crisis. She has called on Facebook to delete the hateful comments posted on her Facebook page. Besides politicians, celebrities appealing for refugee support are also being attacked on Facebook.
Facebook’s double standard criticized
Nevertheless, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB)’s move to tackle hate on its German site may be too little, too late. The company has been accused of being quick to act against nudity on its platform but almost unresponsive when it comes to cracking down on hate-mongering.
Despite the abuse of Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) by haters, the platform is being used to mobilize humanitarian support for refugees in Germany.
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