Facebook must pay a compensation to Rohingyas for its online hate speech campaign, according to Amnesty International

Facebook must pay a compensation to Rohingyas for its online hate speech campaign, according to Amne ...

In a statement released Thursday, Amnesty International said Facebook should pay reparations to hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas who were forced from their homes in Myanmar.

In 2017, the Rohingyas, a mostly Muslim minority, were targeted by Myanmar''s military rulers, who were fleeing Bangladesh, where they have since lived in extensive refugee camps.

Facebook''s algorithms allowed people to use extreme content to encourage harmful disinformation and hate speech, according to victims'' associations and rights advocates.

"Many Rohingya tried to provide information on anti-Rohingya content via Facebook''s''report'' function,'' but to no avail, "allowing these abusive narratives to proliferate and reach unprecedented audiences in Myanmar," Amnesty said in its report.

The revelations from the whistle-blower "Facebook Papers" were revealed in October 2021, indicating that company executives guessed that the site fueled the spread of harmful content against ethnic minorities and other groups.

Three legal action lawsuits have been filed against Facebook by Rohingya representatives in the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as against the OECD group of developed economies, following its guidelines for responsible business conduct.

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refugees are seeking $150 billion (roughly Rs.12,27,000 crore) in a lawsuit filed last December in California, the home state of Facebook, and its parent company Meta.

Even if the modest requests from the community represent crumbs from the table of the corporation, "Meta" is unwilling to pay Rohingya victims to date, according to Amnesty.

Facebook was urged to undertake "proactive human rights due diligence" across its platforms, but it has also called for national authority to bolster their surveillance.

"It is impermissible that states fulfill their obligation to protect human rights by introducing and enforcing effective legislation to strengthen surveillance-based business models across the technology sector," he said.

In response to pressures to reduce false information, especially in politics and elections, Facebook has promised to revamp its corporate values and operations.

The company has established partnerships with several media companies, including AFP, in order to validate internet posts and remove information that isn''t true.