Face­book says it will do more

The Star Early Edition - - INTERNATIONAL -

FACE­BOOK is step­ping up ef­forts to head off tougher reg­u­la­tions by Ger­many, a fierce critic of the so­cial me­dia network op­er­a­tor, with top man­agers vis­it­ing Ger­many and say­ing they would do more to com­bat fake news and hate speech. Top Ger­man law­mak­ers are plan­ning leg­is­la­tion this year to force Face­book to re­move in­cite­ments to hate crimes from its web pages within 24 hours or face fines, a push that could force the so­cial me­dia gi­ant to bear more re­spon­si­bil­ity for con­tent posted by users. Chan­cel­lor An­gel Merkel, who is run­ning for a fourth term this year, has warned that the in­ter­net is not “a space that is free from the law”. Face­book’s chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Sh­eryl Sand­berg vis­ited Ber­lin on Sun­day to meet Ger­man gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials con­sid­er­ing new reg­u­la­tions on Face­book, ac­cord­ing to a Ber­lin-based source at a ri­val in­ter­net com­pany. In an in­ter­view with Ger­many’s top-sell­ing daily pa­per Bild yes­ter­day, she said Face­book could not sin­gle­hand­edly deal with hate speech and fake news posted on the network but had to work with third par­ties.

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