Christopher Brennan — Dailymail.com Feb 28, 2016
German Chancellor Angela Merkel confronted Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in a conversation overheard at the UN about those using his social network to post hateful material.
Speaking to the European leader at a luncheon, Zuckerberg was heard saying ‘we need to do some work’ in reference to the German push against racist posts on the Internet.
‘Are you working on this?’ Merkel, who has seen an increase in violence against immigrants in her country during a massive intake of Syrian refugees, pressed again.
Zuckerberg replied, ‘yeah’, before a speaker at the event on Saturday in New York made the rest of the conversation inaudible.
‘We are committed to working closely with the German government on this important issue,’ Facebook spokesman Debbie Frost told Bloomberg.
‘We think the best solutions to dealing with people who make racist and xenophobic comments can be found when service providers, government and civil society all work together to address this common challenge.’
Merkel’s desire to push Facebook to greater control over the information on its website comes as her administration says it would welcome 800,000 refugees from the war-torn Middle East this year.
However some Germans, particularly some in the ex-communist eastern part of the country, have opposed the move to assuage the humanitarian crisis by taking in the refugees.