Dec 7, 2021

Rohingya sue Facebook for £150bn over Myanmar hate speech

Dozens of Rohingya refugees in the UK and US have sued Facebook, accusing the social media giant of allowing hate speech against them to spread.They are demanding more than $150bn in compensation, claiming Facebook's platforms promoted violence against the persecuted minority. Facebook's algorithms "Amplified hate speech against the Rohingya people". The company failed to take down posts or delete accounts that incited violence against Rohingya. In the US, lawyers filed a legal complaint against Facebook in San Francisco, accusing it of being "Willing to trade the lives of the Rohingya people for better market penetration in a small country in Southeast Asia.". Facebook admitted in 2018 that it had not done enough to prevent the incitement of violence and hate speech against the Rohingya.

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