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Mark Zuckerberg to be Tried by Munich Court for Tolerating Offending Content


IT’S A BAD TIME FOR MARK ZUCKERBERG AND HIS FACEBOOK IN GERMANY — MARK AND OTHER FACEBOOK STAFF ARE FACING CHARGES OF SUPPORTING CRIMES LIKE HOLOCAUST DENIAL.

Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg and some other senior staff members at Facebook will be facing abetting crimes charges similar to the Holocaust denial charges in Germany.

According to references, German officials believe that Facebook hasn’t been very honest in its efforts of controlling annoying posts. Thus, a trial was filed against Zuckerberg in which the social media giant has been accused of incitement to hatred.

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The other Facebook administrators who have been charged along with Zuckerberg include Facebook’s CEO Sheryl Sandberg, the social network’s chief Europe lobbyist Richard Allan and his Berlin colleague Eva-Maria Kirschsieper.

The news was firstly issued on the website “der Spiegel,” and then the whole German media started broadcasting about the latest scandal involving Facebook. In their report, Spiegel stated that the complaint has been filed by the Würzburg-based attorney Chan-jo Jun.

In the claim, the social network has been accused of ignoring demands for murder, Holocaust denial, and threats of violence. These are only a few of the concerns that caused the attention of German officials.

It is a fact that German hate speech-related laws are quite strong where Nazi symbolism and racist propaganda are completely forbidden. Facebook is required to delete all sorts of illegal content from the website but the time consumed during the process is something that has been receiving severe criticism.
Last month, a court in Würzburg in southern Germany convicted a man to jail for writing hateful comments against Jews and migrants. The sentence came right after German politicians vowed to counter online hate propaganda.

Justice Minister Heiko Maas has phrased the efforts by Facebook in deleting offending posts as “too slow” and has pushed the administration in Brussels to form EU-wide laws laying out stricter penalties against the posting of xenophobic or racist materials.

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Earlier in September this year a German regulator ordered Facebook to stop collecting data from German WhatsApp users and delete all the data it has received and stored through the messaging application. So Zuckerberg is not new to such situation.


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