German politicians and celebrities fear a rise of xenophobic comments on Facebook and other social media platforms because of the refugee crisis.
Merkel told regional newspaper Rheinische Post that when people stir up sedition on social networks using their real name, it’s not only the state that has to act, but also Facebook as a company should do something.
Facebook already had the necessary code of conduct, but there was a lack of control and enforcement.
Last month, Justice Minister Heiko Maas accused Facebook of doing too little to thwart racist and hate posts.
Maas sent a letter to Facebook public policy director Richard Allan in Dublin saying he received many complaints from users that their protests on racist posts have been ignored.
A shill for Facebook has said the company took Maas’s concerns seriously and the company was interested in meeting the justice minister. So far, though, no meeting appears to be organised.