'Facebook spreads ideas and rationalism': Mark Zuckerberg comments on Isis threats

Mark Zuckerberg has spoken out about an Isis propoganda video released last week which targetted himself and Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey saying he's "not that concerned" about the film.

Speaking in Berlin on Friday (26 February) with Axel Springer chief executive Mathias Döpfner for the German newspaper Die Welt am Sonntag, the Facebook founder and boss was asked how it felt to be a target in the terrorist group's propoganda and responded by saying: "I am not sure. I am very concerned but not because of the video. There have been worse threats[...]"

"I think the bigger issue is that what Facebook stands for in the world is giving people a voice and spreading ideas and rationalism," he added.

Dubbed 'Flames of the Supporters', the graphic film depicted Zuckerberg and Dorsey being targeted by bullets. It was published amid growing efforts from the social giants to suspend groups and remove posts that could encourage and promote terrorism.

Zuckerberg explained how his social network was trying to tackle the problem of hate speech on the platform, adknowledging that while the company believes in free speech there are "lots of barriers to that."

"We work closely with governments and local organisations to be certain we are applying the standards appropriately for local conditions and to identify and remove hateful or threatening content," he added.

Facebook was among a roster of companies which met with White House officials in 2015 to help form counter-terrorism measures on social media.

During the interview, which was arranged after Zuckerberg scooped the first ever Axel Springer Award for being an exceptional innovator and entrepreneur, the chief also discussed his plans to build an artifically intelligent butler and what's next for virtual reality headset Oculus Rift.

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