Facebook says it will do more
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.