Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were caught on a hot mic at the United Nations on Saturday discussing the removing of certain posts from the prolific site.
Merkel brought up the subject of anti-immigrant posts appearing on the German version of Facebook, as the country grapples with how to handle the largest refugee crisis since World War II.
“We need to do some work.” Zuckerberg says. The German chancellor presses him. “Are you working on this?” she asks in English. “Yeah,” the Facebook CEO responds before the introductory remarks of the lunch meeting cuts off their conversation.
As Germany seeks to assimilate potentially millions of Syrian refugees, not everyone in the country is accepting them with open arms.
“We are committed to working closely with the German government on this important issue,” Facebook spokeswoman Debbie Frost said via e-mail to BloombergBusiness. “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.”
Bloomberg international correspondent Hans Nichols said that the German government believes “if Facebook polices nude photos [from its site], then why can’t they police racist or xenophobic comments?”
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