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How should Facebook respond to the surge of anti-refugee posts?

As debates over what to do with Syrian asylum seekers gets ugly, we ask: to what extent should social media sites step in?
Syrian refugees covered in dust arrive at the Trabeel border, after crossing into Jordanian territory, in September. (Raad Adayleh/AP)

As tens of thousands of people flee the civil war in Syria, the debate over what to do with asylum seekers has been heating up. And in some corners of social media, things are getting ugly

This week, Facebook announced that it will work with the German government to clamp down on hate speech about refugees and anti-migrant abuse — but some observers wonder how far social media companies should go in keeping conversations civil. 

For context, Shad checks in with Wired columnist and frequent q guest Clive Thompson.

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