Nov 2, 2019

Ethiopia violence: Facebook to blame, says runner Gebrselassie

Ethiopian running legend Haile Gebrselassie has told the BBC that fake news shared on Facebook was behind violence in which 78 people died. Gebrselassie said he could sue Facebook if they fail to remove certain posts. Days of violence in Ethiopia's Oromia region, which saw some people sheltering in churches, followed the accusations made on Facebook by Mr Jawar. The authorities have arrested more than 400 people in connection with October's violence and the trouble has subsided. Facebook has not responded to Gebrselassie's accusations, but the company has a policy of "Working to fight the spread of false news".

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