The non-profit civil rights organization Muslim Advocates has filed a lawsuit against Facebook, alleging that social media platform officials make inaccurate and misleading statements about Facebook removing profane language and harmful content. Arguing that Facebook is “a cusp for hate,” the complaint alleges that Facebook’s failure to remove such content has increased anti-Muslim hate, with online and real-world consequences.
According to the complaint, filed on Thursday in Superior Court for the District of Columbia, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other officials “enforced their standards and policies to keep Facebook free from hate speech and other harmful content Misrepresented the company’s regular failure. ” “
“Anti-Muslim hate groups and hate speech run extensively on Facebook with anti-Muslim posts, advertisements, private groups and other content,” the complaint alleges. “Anti-Muslim demonstrations in the United States have been organized on Facebook event pages.”
Muslim advocates said that Facebook’s expulsion also testified to Congress unfairly and made false promises to civil rights groups that it removed content when it came to know of content that violated its policies. gives. Facebook has failed or refused to remove such content even when notified by Muslim advocates and others, the nonprofit alleged in a press release on Thursday.
The complaint asks that Facebook either stop misrepresenting that it will remove content that violates its abusive language policies, or “conform your actions to your words.”
Muslim advocates alleged that Facebook has been used in mass murders of Muslims in India and riots and murders in Sri Lanka, to carry out the Rohingya massacre in Myanmar. The complaint also states that when a gunman used the social network to stop the firing at the mosque.In 2019.
Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In January, Muslim advocates also took issue with the Facebook Oversight Board’s decisionBy a Myanmar user who posted pictures of the deceased child with the caption “[there is] Psychologically there is something wrong with Muslims. “
“It is clear that the oversight board is here to take responsibility for Zuckerberg and [Facebook COO] Sheryl Sandberg, “Muslim Advocates spokesman Eric Ning said in a statement in January.” Instead of taking meaningful action to curb dangerous hate speech on the platform, Facebook delegated responsibility to a third-party board that used the technology of laughter to protect anti-Muslim hatred. Content that contributes to the massacre. “
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