February 26, 2018 / 3:40 PM / a year ago

German prosecutors say won't investigate Facebook over hate postings

FRANKFURT, Feb 26 (Reuters) - German prosecutors said on Monday they would not open a formal investigation of Facebook managers including Mark Zuckerberg in connection with a complaint alleging the company broke national laws against hate speech and sedition.

German attorney Chan-jo Jun had filed a complaint with prosecutors in Munich in 2016 and demanded that Facebook executives be compelled to comply with anti-hate speech laws by deleting racist or violent postings from its site.

The Munich prosecutors' office said in a statement on Monday that while the posting of certain content on Facebook may breach German law, the failure to later delete those posts was not a crime.

Reporting by Maria Sheahan; Editing by Michelle Martin

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