Nov 23, 2021

Ethiopia's Tigray conflict: What are Facebook and Twitter doing about hate speech?

Social media is widely used by Ethiopians abroad, and Facebook posts by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed regularly receive tens of thousands of likes and thousands of shares. Facebook - whose parent company is now called Meta - was publicly criticised by the government because it removed a post by Mr Abiy urging citizens to "Bury" Tigrayan rebels, who were advancing southwards. Facebook initially said the post did not violate its policies, but later removed it. A group calling itself Network Against Hate-speech has set up its own Facebook page to flag unacceptable content, and urges readers to report further examples they find online. Facebook did not make clear how many people it employed to review content in each of those languages.

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