Facebook – Pressure Under EU Rises for Not Editing Illegal and Hateful Posts

Facebook is known as the prime leader within the social networking sector, but it is more than just that as the firm is also known to dabble in the fields of technology. The social media giant is now recently facing more pressure from the lawmakers of Europe, and this follows after Germany’s interior minister called on the company that they should remove illegal and hateful posts. The call took place on the same day that chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg reiterated that free content ad network would not transform into a media empire.

Facebook - Pressure Under EU Rises for Not Editing Illegal and Hateful Posts

Facebook is Known More as a Social Networking Firm, But it is Primarily a Tech Company

The call towards Facebook came from Thomas de Maiziere and it did come within less than a week since a committee of MPS in the United Kingdom came to a conclusion that Google, Twitter, and of course the social networking giant in question were “consciously failing” to police extremism on their services. “Facebook should take down racist content or calls for violence from its pages on its own initiative even if it hasn’t yet received a complaint,” explained de Maiziere on Monday. “Facebook has an immensely important economic position and just like every other large enterprise it has a immensely important social responsibility.”

However, the Facebook CEO reaffirmed the company’s stance on Monday during a live Question and Answer session which took place in Italy, after a private audience with Pope Frances on that same day. Zuckerberg said the following: “No, we’re a tech company, we’re not a media company.” This answer comes from an inquiry from a participant asking if the social media giant was an “editor” of the news. Zuckerberg also added that the company builds “the tools, we do not produce any of the content. We exist to give you the tools to curate… every person gets to program their own Facebook experience.” He went on to describe social media as “the most diverse form of media that has ever existed.”

Even though the Facebook chief executive stands firm with regards to his stance, Germany’s interior minister de Maiziere, on the other hand, is still concerned about the lack of swift interaction when it comes to the removal of posts that do carry illegal content or hate speech. The social networking firm’s public policy head in Germany, Eva-Maria Kirschieper, responded to the criticism as she told the following to reporters: “We see ourselves as part of German society and part of the German economy. And we know that we have a major responsibility and we want to live up to this responsibility. We take this issue very seriously indeed.”


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