Here’s to hoping another social media innovation to circumvent FB’s popularity and challenge it, that won’t/can’t be used to squash honest, fact driven debate on social issues of the day.
H/T: Pat Condell:
Zuckerberg wants US to follow German example and import civil war. Hires an extra 200 to censor Merkel’s critics. //t.co/mEJanWzxX3
— Pat Condell (@patcondell) February 28, 2016
Zuckerberg ‘hopes USA follows German example’
Published: 26 Feb 2016 16:09 GMT+01:00
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was an inspiration and “definitely a model for the world,” the 31-year-old multi-billionaire founder of the social network said.
“You need courage and humanity to grasp that there are people out there who need a home – and that to build a society in which no-one is excluded will be the best thing for the world in the end,” he went on.
The Facebook founder might find his comments less welcome at home in the USA than in Germany, where 1.1. million asylum seekers arrived last year.
In the USA, dozens of state governors said last year that they would resist plans from the federal government to take in 10,000 refugees from Syria, citing terrorism concerns.
President Barack Obama has called the governors’ fears “hysterical”.
But Germany’s at times difficult experience – including a wave of sexual assaults and petty crime by a mob largely made up of men of Middle Eastern or North African appearance in Cologne on New Year’s Eve – has not helped the President’s plans win favour with the American public.
200 to battle hate speech in Germany
Zuckerberg had to face up to German criticism, too, as many Facebook users in Germany have been flooding the network with anti-refugee comments up to and including threats of violence in recent months.
He has been under pressure to act on online hate since a brief meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel on the fringes of a UN gathering in New York in September 2015.
As well as the “town hall meeting” where he addressed leading German media figures on Friday, Zuckerberg’s Berlin programme has also included a conversation with Peter Altmaier, Merkel’s Chancellery chief and right-hand man on the refugee crisis.
Altmaier reminded the native New Yorker that because of its size and importance for many Germans, Facebook had a serious responsibility for the content it relays online.