This, he said, was a violation of German law, and demanded that the social media giant differentiate between the type of speech acceptable in the United States and Germany.
“Holocaust denial and racial incitement are crimes in Germany, and it doesn’t matter if they are uploaded to Facebook or said in the marketplace,” said Justice Minister Heiko Maas.
His statements were made following a wave of extremist, right-wing protests against the absorption of immigrants across cities in Germany. The demonstrations reached their peak last week, when neo-Nazi protesters chanted “Heil Hitler” at a police officer in the city of Heidenau.
Maas said he wrote a sharply worded letter to Richard Allen, Facebook’s director of policy in Europe, requesting a meeting to discuss claims that Facebook ignores reports from users of Holocaust denial and racial incitement.
“If Facebook wants to do business in Germany, it has to comply with German laws, and it doesn’t matter whether, for historical reasons, we have more restrictive standards on freedom of speech than the U.S.,” Maas wrote.