Facebook opens 2nd office combating hate speech in Germany

November 23, 2017
Facebook opens 2nd office combating hate speech in Germany
Employees of the Competence Call Center (CCC) work for the Facebook Community Operations Team in Essen, Germany, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. About 500 people control and delete facebook content if it does not apply the facebook standards in the new center in Essen. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

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

The company says the staff will work for a 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 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 have more than 1,200 people reviewing posts in Germany by the end of the year.

Facebook opens 2nd office combating hate speech in Germany
Employees of the Competence Call Center (CCC) work for the Facebook Community Operations Team in Essen, Germany, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. About 500 people control and delete facebook content if it does not apply the facebook standards in the new center in Essen. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Facebook opens 2nd office combating hate speech in Germany
Employees of the Competence Call Center (CCC) work for the Facebook Community Operations Team in Essen, Germany, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. About 500 people control and delete facebook content if it does not apply the facebook standards in the new center in Essen. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

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