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New Delhi: The Facebook office in Hamburg, Germany was vandalized when 15-20 people wearing black clothes and hoods went on an overnight rampaging spree smashing glasses and disfiguring the walls of the social media’s office.

The group smashed glasses and painted “facebook dislike” on the entrance wall.

However, mystery shrouds over the actual motive behind the act. No arrests had been made so far.

It might be mentioned that there were allegations that officials of the social network major had violated laws of the German government and irked a few quarters. The attack might be a fallout of the controversy.

The attack might be a fallout of the controversy.

However, a spokesperson of Facebook rubbished the allegation stating, “the allegations lacked merit and none of the law of the German government was violated, neither by Facebook nor by its employees”.

While Germany was trying to cope with the influx of refugees, racial comments on social media had escalated to new heights. Police were also probing this angle to reach the crux of the issue.

Meanwhile, the European head of the social networking site was facing inquest over Facebook’s stringent crackdown to expunge racist hate speeches.

The company further beefed its vigilance to monitor the xenophobic comments on Facebook.

A manhunt was on to nab the culprits.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Facebook will not Remove Fake News – but will ‘Demote’ it

The site had done a trial displaying a red warning icon next to articles that fact checkers had identified as false, but later said it found this approach had "entrenched deeply held beliefs

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The company on Wednesday held an event in New York where it sought to convince journalists it was tackling the problem.
The company on Wednesday held an event in New York where it sought to convince journalists it was tackling the problem. Pixabay

Facebook has said that it will not remove fake news from its platform because it does not violate its community standards. Instead, it says posts that it deems to be fake news will be “demoted” in the news feed.

The social network is currently running an advertising campaign in Britain that declares “fake news is not our friend”. But it said publishers often had “very different points of view” and removing fabricated posts would be “contrary to the basic principles of free speech”, the BBC reported on Friday.

Facebook has been scrutinized for its role in spreading fake news after evidence emerged that Russia tried to influence US voters using the social network.

Facebook mobile app
Facebook mobile app. Pixabay

The company on Wednesday held an event in New York where it sought to convince journalists it was tackling the problem.

“We created Facebook to be a place where different people can have a voice,” John Hegeman from Facebook said while responding to CNN.

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“We allow people to post it as a form of expression, but we’re not going to show it at the top of News Feed,” a Facebook spokeswoman told CNN.

The site had done a trial displaying a red warning icon next to articles that fact checkers had identified as false, but later said it found this approach had “entrenched deeply held beliefs”. (IANS)

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