Despite repeated warnings, Facebook owners have not taken action against hate speech against the Rohingya, human rights groups say.
Facebook’s owner Meta owes Rohingya compensation for the platform’s role in fueling violence against Myanmar’s Muslim minority, a prominent human rights group said.
Despite repeated warnings from activists about the impact of anti-Rohingya hate speech on its Facebook platform, Amnesty International issued a call for reparations on Thursday after accusing Meta of failing to act.
The group said Myanmar militants raised concerns about the Meta issue as early as 2012, about five years after the country’s military launched a mass killing and rape campaign that forced more than 700,000 Rohingya in neighboring Bangladesh. seek asylum.
Brutal repression is now the subject of an ICJ genocide investigation, and in March, the U.S. Officially declare the military action a genocide.
Agnes Callamard, secretary-general of Amnesty International, said: “Facebook’s algorithm is fueling a storm of hatred against Rohingya in the months and years leading up to the atrocities, fueling the reality Violence in the world.”
“When the Myanmar military committed crimes against humanity against the Rohingya, Meta was profiting from the echo chamber of hate created by its hate spiral algorithm,” she said in a statement. “Meta must be held accountable. The company now There is a duty to provide reparations to all who have suffered violent consequences of reckless behavior.”
Meta had no immediate comment.
UN investigators have previously said Facebook “Decide the role” Fueled violence against the Rohingya.
Marzuki Darusman, head of the UN’s Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, told reporters in 2018 that Facebook “has fueled intense bickering, division and conflict among the public, if you will.” Of course. ,part of it. In the case of the situation in Myanmar, social media is Facebook, and Facebook is social media. “
Rohingya refugees in December Meta sued in US for $150 billion Failure to act on hate speech against the ethnic group.
At the time, a Meta spokesperson said the company was “appalled by the crimes committed against the Rohingya in Myanmar” and said it had taken several steps to address hate speech on the platform. These include banning the Myanmar military from the platform and establishing a dedicated team of Burmese speakers to moderate content on the platform.
Amnesty International said the measures were not enough.
In addition to remediating the “horrific harm” Meta has done, Amnesty International said the company must also make “fundamental changes” to its algorithms, “all of which actively amplify and distribute content that incites violence and discrimination” and that “Passed directly to those most likely to act on such incitement”.
“Facebook has to pay a price,” Amnesty International quoted Showkutara, a 22-year-old Rohingya woman, as saying. “If they don’t, we’ll go to every pitch in the world. We’ll never give up our fight.”