Called 'Online Civil Courage Initiative', it is based in Berlin and supported by the German Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, media reported today.

"Take a moment to share your story or idea supporting counter speech, with the goal of combatting online extremism and hate speech. In order to make change, everyone needs to " feel empowered to share their voice and exercise ?#?civilcourage?," read the message on the initiative's Facebook home page.

According to Facebook, it will invest one million Euros in European non-governmental organisations that are fighting online extremism.

London-based think tank, the Institute for Strategic Dialogue will lead the initiative. The initiative is a partnership between Facebook, the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, the Amadeu Antonio Foundation and the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence.

Facebook has faced complaints in the past that it has not done enough to take down racist and xenophobic hate speech.

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