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Merkel Confronts Facebook’s Zuckerberg Over Policing Hate Posts.

NEW YORK (AP) — Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel tells officials she plans to fly a World Trade Center memorial flag at the German Chancellery in honor of the 37 police officers with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Attending a luncheon on the sidelines of a United Nations development summit in New York yesterday (Sept 26), Ms Merkel and Mr Zuckerberg were overheard on a live transmission broadcast on the UN website as participants took their seats.

Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg on how his company is progressing in efforts to curtail racist posts, after her government complained the social network wasn’t doing enough to crack down on recent xenophobic outbursts. After Ms Merkel briefly queried Mr Zuckerberg about the hate-post affair, the Facebook CEO is heard responding that “we need to do some work” on the issue. “Are you working on this?” Ms Merkel asked in English. “Yeah,” Mr Zuckerberg responded, before the dialog was cut off by introductory remarks to those present. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said she’s “extremely concerned” about companies that have debt in dollars, given the recent plunge in the country’s currency. The company said Sept 14 it would join forces with a German Internet watchdog, a non-profit group called Voluntary Self-Monitoring of Multimedia Service Providers, to monitor suspected hate postings. United Continental Holdings Inc.’s new CEO put out a letter to employees saying he’s heard their complaints loudly and clearly, and changes are coming.

German authorities have been grappling with the country’s biggest refugee crisis since World War II, with as many as 1 million seeking refuge from war and poverty expected to enter the country this year. The leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party partly walked back his campaign promise to fully tax stock options, saying he’d exempt startups and just go after big companies that dole out options to avoid taxes. Even as many have rushed to welcome the newcomers, the surge has also spurred a spate of attacks on refugee centers and anti-foreigner sentiment. “We are committed to working closely with the German government on this important issue,” Ms Debbie Frost, a spokeswoman for Menlo Park, California-based Facebook, said via e-mail. “We think the best solutions to dealing with people who make racist and xenophobic comments can be found when service providers, government and civil society all work together to address this common challenge.

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