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Germany Tells Facebook: Delete Racist Anti-Refugee Posts

  • Justice Minister wants Facebook to review its practices
  • Facebook invited for talks in Berlin next month: letter
Facebook should “urgently” review its practices when dealing with the posts, German Justice Minister Heiko Maas told the company in a letter obtained by Bloomberg News.

Facebook should “urgently” review its practices when dealing with the posts, German Justice Minister Heiko Maas told the company in a letter obtained by Bloomberg News.

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German Justice Minister Heiko Maas wants Facebook Inc. to remove racist posts targeting asylum seekers after several attacks on refugee camps in Germany over the past week.

Facebook should “urgently” review its practices when dealing with the posts, he told the company in an Aug. 26 letter obtained by Bloomberg News. Numerous users have complained to the ministry that Facebook didn’t remove xenophobic posts even after they were flagged and reviewed, arguing that the comments don’t violate its community standards. That didn’t go down well in Berlin.