VW pledges reforms after racist social media post

'We recognize that we have to question with much greater sensitivity whether content could be discriminatory, offensive, or potentially disturbing for people,' car boss says. 

VW pledges reforms after racist social media post

BERLIN — Volkswagen has admitted its “controls are clearly insufficient when it comes to ethical judgment,” following the publication of a racist advert on social media last month for its new Golf model.

“We recognize that we have to question with much greater sensitivity whether content could be discriminatory, offensive, or potentially disturbing for people,” said Jürgen Stackmann, a VW board member.

As part of the company’s investigation into the advert, which featured a white hand pushing a black man away from a parked car and was posted on Instagram, VW said it analyzed 16.5 gigabytes of data and interviewed staff.

In response to the scandal, VW has pledged to set up an “approval checkpoint” for all corporate content and set up a board of diversity experts along with new training requirements.

In a statement outlining the reforms, VW’s Chief Marketing Officer Jochen Sengpiehl said the company “failed to spot the racist elements of this video.”

Senior executives at the Wolfsburg-based carmaker are no strangers to scandal, with VW group CEO Herbert Diess forced to apologize last March after echoing a Nazi slogan during a speech.

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Poland calls off Czech invasion

The Polish army says it was a 'misunderstanding.'

Poland calls off Czech invasion

WARSAW — The Polish army is pulling out of a position it occupied in the Czech Republic, the military high command said Thursday.

Polish forces set up a border control post along the twisty Polish-Czech border last month, as part of border closures due to the coronavirus pandemic. They blocked a path running on the Czech side of the frontier to a historic chapel, prompting a complaint from Czech authorities to Warsaw.

“There was a misunderstanding on the Polish side, the chapel is already accessible,” Hana Malá, a Czech foreign ministry spokesperson, told Czech media.

The Polish military said Thursday that the move was “a misunderstanding and not an intentional action, and was immediately corrected.”

Poland and the Czechs have a history of much more serious border frictions. They fought a brief war in early 1919, Poland annexed part of the border region in 1938 and the two almost came to blows again after World War II.

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