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Fawad seeks Facebook’s cooperation to curb hate speech, boost e-commerce

ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain has emphasized the need for formal collaboration to explore the avenues of cooperation with Facebook to promote commerce and business activities in Pakistan. Talking to Vice President of Public Policy Facebook Simon Milner in Islamabad on Monday, he sought Facebook's cooperation to counter hate speech and boost E-commerce in Pakistan. Simon Milner underlined the need for coordination between the government of Pakistan and Facebook, to encourage freedom of…

France to ’embed’ regulators at Facebook in fight against hate speech

PARIS: In the first move of its kind, Facebook will allow a small number of French regulators to “embed” inside the company and examine how the social media giant combats hate speech online, President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday. It is the first time the wary tech giant has opened its doors in such a way, following months of criticism over how it decides what is racist, sexist or hate-fuelled and the methods used to remove illicit material shared on its platform. Under the pilot, Macron’s administration will send…

Farooq Sattar, Waseem Akhtar, other MQM-P leaders indicted in hate speech cases

KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court on Tuesday indicted MQM-P leader Farooq Sattar, Karachi mayor Waseem Akhtar, and other party leaders in as many as 21 identical cases pertaining to hate speeches. The ATC judge read out charges against Farooq Sattar, Waseem Akhtar, Khawaja Izharul Hassan, Rauf Siddiqui, Qamar Mansoor, Rehand Hashmi and  others. All suspects pleaded innocence and opted to contest the charges. The judge, subsequently, summoned prosecution witnesses on next hearing on November 10 to record their…

German prosecutors drop case against Facebook

BERLIN: German prosecutors said on Monday they were dropping a probe into whether Facebook bosses including Mark Zuckerberg were condoning hate speech online. Executives at the social media giant found themselves the target of a complaint filed in 2016 that alleged they were not taking sufficient action to clamp down on racist content. Concern has risen in Germany over the vitriolic comments made by some Facebook and Twitter users, which gained intensity as public misgivings grew in some quarters over the arrival of…

Boston march against hate speech avoids Charlottesville chaos

BOSTON: Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Boston on Saturday to protest a "free speech" rally featuring far-right speakers a week after a woman was killed at a Virginia white-supremacist demonstration. Rally organizers had invited several far-right speakers who were confined to a small pen that police set up in the historic Boston Common park to keep the two sides separate. The city avoided a repeat of last weekend's bloody street battles in Charlottesville, Virginia, where one woman was killed. Police…

Germany imposes heavy fines for online hate speech

BERLIN: Germany's parliament voted Friday to punish social media giants with fines of up to 50 million euros ($57 million) if they systematically fail to remove illegal hate speech. Berlin took the measure, one of the toughest in the world, after a surge in racist and incendiary speech online, particularly since the arrival of around one million asylum-seekers since 2015. Under German law, Holocaust denial, incitement of hatred, and racist and anti-Semitic speech are illegal. But critics warned that the prohibitive…

Top Italian official says Facebook must do more against hate speech

ROME: Facebook must do much more to stamp out hate speech on its site, the president of Italy's lower house of parliament said, warning that rising abuse on various social media was being fueled by fake news. Laura Boldrini, herself often the focus of insults and online threats, complained to Facebook managers in November about hate speech on the social network and put forward several proposals on ways to deal with the problem. "Two months after our meeting, they have done nothing. They have not even written to me about…

Germany plans to fight against hate speech, fake news

BERLIN: Top officials in Germany's ruling coalition said on Friday they planned legislation to crack down on "hate speech" and fake news on Facebook and other social media platforms, and impose stiff penalties if such messages were not quickly removed. Politicians are worried about how hate speech and fake news could sway public opinion ahead of elections next year in which Merkel will be running for a fourth term and facing an increasingly popular far right. "There has only been talk for too long. Now we in the…

German prosecutors investigate Facebook over hate postings

German prosecutors are investigating Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives, a spokesman for the Munich prosecutor's office said on Friday, following a complaint alleging the company broke national laws against hate speech and sedition by failing to remove racist postings. The spokesman declined to provide further details. German attorney Chan-jo Jun had filed a complaint with prosecutors in the Bavarian city in September and demanded that Facebook executives be compelled to comply with anti-hate speech laws by…