Germany’s fight against hate speech has reached Mark Zuckerberg himself.
A German prosecutor has named Zuckerberg, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and European Facebook executives in a preliminary investigation, according to German media.
The investigation was prompted by a lawsuit filed by Chan-jo Jun, an attorney who filed a similar complaint a year ago. This one, which said that Facebook failed to remove hate speech even once it was aware of the violations of German law, singled out Zuckerberg by name.
“We are not commenting on the status of a possible investigation but we can say that the allegations lack merit and there has been no violation of German law by Facebook or its employees,” Facebook said in a statement. “There is no place for hate on Facebook. We work closely with partners to fight hate speech and foster counter speech.“ Read more…