German prosecutors are investigating Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives over allegations the social media site failed to remove racist posts that violated German hate speech laws.
Prosecutors in Munich took legal action after German attorney Chan-jo Jun filed a complaint against the company, reports Reuters.
Jun claimed that Facebook tolerated hate speech, including Holocaust deniers, and demanded the company’s executives comply with German law by deleting such posts.
Prosecutors in Hamburg rejected a similar complaint by Jun earlier this year because Facebook’s European operations are based in Ireland, outside of German jurisdiction.
Jun’s complaint lists a series of 438 posts that were flagged for review over the course of the year, but were not deleted.
Facebook said it had done nothing illegal.
«We are not commenting on the status of a possible investigation but we can say that the allegations lack merit and there has been no violation of German law by Facebook or its employees,» a Facebook spokesman said.
The American social media company previously faced scrutiny in Europe this year when they banned a Norwegian outlet’s post featuring the iconic photo of a naked girl running from a napalm attack during the Vietnam War.
Facebook lifted its ban on the image after an international outcry.