Many Rohingya refugees in the United Kingdom and the United States have filed a lawsuit against social media site Facebook for 1.5 trillion in damages.
Allegedly, Facebook created a breeding ground for hatred and animosity against the Rohingya, which resulted in the deaths of some 10,000 Rohingya Muslims in military operations in Myanmar, and forced millions more to flee the country.
Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The corporate name of the corporate is currently Meta.
Facebook has been accused of “spreading hateful and dangerous false information year after year.”
A British business firm representing some Rohingya refugees within the GB has written a letter to Facebook, that the BBC has seen. There are complaints:
Facebook’s Algorithm “Increases Hatred Against Rohingya People”
The company “failed to invest” in hiring moderators and fact-checkers who know the political realities of Myanmar.
The organization failed to remove posts and related accounts that incited violence against the Rohingya.
It has failed to take “appropriate and timely action” despite warnings from charities and the media.
U.S. attorneys have filed a lawsuit in San Francisco alleging that Facebook was “ready to sacrifice the lives of the Rohingya people to better enter the market in a small country in Southeast Asia.”
The news agency Reuters investigated the Facebook posts they quoted, one of which was from 2013 and its language: “We will resist them the way Hitler resisted the Jews.”
The language of another post was: “Pour fuel and light fire so that they can reach Allah more quickly”.
There are more than two crores of Facebook users in Myanmar. For many in the country, this social media is the main or only means of getting and giving news. Fresh Bazar
In 2016, Facebook admitted that it had not done enough to stop the spread of violence and hatred.
An independent report commissioned by Facebook earlier said the platform had created a “conducive environment” for spreading human rights abuses there.
The Rohingya are considered illegal immigrants in Myanmar and have been discriminated against by the state for decades.
In 2016, Myanmar’s military launched a crackdown after a deadly attack on a police outpost in the Rohingya-populated Rakhine state.
Thousands of Rohingya were killed in these operations. More than seven lakh Rohingyas migrated to neighboring Bangladesh.
Myanmar is accused of widespread human rights abuses, extrajudicial killings, rape, and arson.
In 2016, the United Nations complained that Facebook was “slow and ineffective” in responding to the issue of hate speech online.
Under U.S. law, Facebook is widely protected from liability for content published by users.
But new allegations against Facebook argue that there is no such protection under Myanmar law and that the law should be enforced.
The BBC wanted to know the comment from Metar in this regard.
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