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Hate debate censure prompts investigation

Facebook CEO: 'We're a record company. We're not a media company.'

German prosecutors have begun a rough examination into Mark Zuckerberg and several other Facebook executives over a loathing debate complaint.

Prosecutors in Munich pronounced a exploration into Zuckerberg follows a censure from counsel Chan-jo Jun, who claims Facebook (FB, Tech30) acted unlawfully by unwell to mislay many posts that stimulate loathing or violence.

Jun gave examples of hundreds of posts targeting migrants, denying a Holocaust, expressing support for apprehension groups and job for violence, and pronounced Facebook had unsuccessful to act even after they were brought to a attention.

Jun done a censure opposite Zuckerberg, arch handling officer Sheryl Sandberg, and Facebook’s European bosses Martin Ott, Gareth Lambe, and Richard Allan.

Facebook pronounced a allegations “lack merit.”

“There has been no defilement of German law by Facebook or a employees. There is no place for loathing on Facebook. We work closely with partners to quarrel loathing debate and encourage opposite speech,” it pronounced in a statement.

Related: Facebook and Twitter oath to mislay loathing debate within 24 hours

Prosecutors in Hamburg deserted a identical censure brought by Jun opposite Facebook progressing this year, observant it was outward their jurisdiction.

Jun pronounced his latest censure had a improved possibility of success. He pronounced a probity method in a German state of Bavaria had told him it could be followed underneath German law.

“For a initial time, there is also a domestic will to levy sanctions opposite Facebook,” Jun pronounced in a statement.

The Munich prosecutors pronounced they would examine a complaint.

Germany’s Justice Minister Heiko Maas pronounced final month that Germany could make Facebook criminally probable for unwell to mislay loathing debate in a timely manner.

Earlier this year, Facebook sealed adult to a new set of manners designed to stop racist, aroused and bootleg calm from going viral. It affianced to examination a “majority” of flagged calm within 24 hours, and mislay it, if necessary.

— Alanna Petroff contributed to this report.

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