Facebook under pressure to pay $150 billion in damages for campaign against Rohingya Muslims

Social media platform Facebook is under increasing pressure to pay compensation for spreading a hate campaign against thousands of Rohingya Muslims expelled from Myanmar. The Rohingya, a predominantly Muslim community, were targeted by the government-run military in Myanmar in 2017 and forced to leave Myanmar.

After this a large number of Rohingyas reached Bangladesh and since then they have been kept in camps. AFP’s Report It has been reported that victims’ organizations and human rights advocates claimed that a major reason for the violence against the Rohingya community was Facebook’s algorithms that spread hate content and misinformation. Amnesty International said in a report, “Many people from the Rohingya community tried to report content against them through Facebook’s report function but to no avail. Hate content continued to reach people in Myanmar. ”

The report said whistleblower ‘Facebook Papers’ had revealed last year that company executives were aware that Facebook was spreading hatred against minority communities and other groups. Three legal cases have been filed against Facebook by representatives of the Rohingya community in the US and the UK. At the end of last year in California, US, $ 150 billion in damages has been sought in a case filed against Facebook and its running company Meta.

Amnesty International says that Meta It is refusing to pay compensation to the Rohingya victims. However, this compensation is only a small part of the company’s huge profits. Meta’s attitude shows that it is careless about human rights implications. However, Facebook plans to strengthen its systems specifically to curb misinformation related to politics and elections. The company has partnered with several media companies to verify online posts and remove posts with misinformation. Facebook was accused of promoting false information posts in the US presidential election.


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