Face­book opens of­fice in Ger­many to com­bat on­line hate speech

The Mercury News Weekend - - BUSINESS + TECHNOLOGY -

ESSEN, GER­MANY » Face­book is adding 500 more con­trac­tors in Ger­many to re­view con­tent posted to the so­cial­me­dia site, af­ter a new law came into force tar­get­ing on­line hate speech.

The com­pany says the staff will work for a ser­vice provider called CCC at a new of­fice in the western city of Essen that was for­mally opened Thurs­day.

Ger­man law­mak­ers ap­proved a bill in June that could see so­cial net­work­ing sites fined up to 50 mil­lion eu­ros ($59 mil­lion) if they per­sis­tently fail to re­move il­le­gal con­tent within a week.

Crit­ics say the law could force Face­book, Twit­ter and YouTube to de­cide what is le­gal or not.

To­gether with an ex­ist­ing of­fice in Ber­lin, Face­book will have­more than 1,200 peo­ple reviewing posts in Ger­many by the end of the year.

MARTIN MEISSNER — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Em­ploy­ees of the Com­pe­tence Call Cen­ter work for Face­book in Essen, Ger­many. About 500 peo­ple con­trol and delete Face­book con­tent if it does not meet the com­pany’s guide­lines.

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