In an open letter seen by German daily “Tagesspiegel,” which he links to on his Twitter account, Maas tells Facebook that “we need to talk.” In the letter, which he sent to Facebook’s European head office in Dublin as well as to its German subsidiary, he says the social media site’s community standards needed to be more efficient and transparent. In the wake of the recent openly xenophobic and hateful attacks on and protests at refugee camps in Germany,

Maas said that the Justice Ministry had received many complaints about abusive content not being banned on Facebook. Often, users get a message saying that the posts they reported did not violate Facebook’s community standards without giving any further explanation “even in very obvious cases,” according to Maas. READ MORE