What you need to know
- Facebook has been sued for $150bn.
- A group of Rohingya refugees claims the platform allowed hate speech against them to spread.
- They say this contributed to the violence in the country that left thousands dead and many more displaced.
A group of Rohingya refugees has sued Facebook parent company, Meta, for $150bn over claims the platforms allowed hate speech against the group, contributing to genocide in Myanmar in 2017.
According to multiple reports, the group claims Facebook contributed to the 2017 genocide in the country. From The Times (opens in new tab):
It is estimated that 10,000 Rohingya Muslims were killed in the 2017 Myanmar genocide, and 70,000 more were displaced. The lawsuit claims Facebook allowed anti-Rohingya sentiment and propaganda to perpetuate on its platform:
The suit says Facebook failed to take action and is still helping to propagate misinformation "to this day." As noted the prayers for relief seek "at least" $150bn in damages. The class represented is defined as "all Rohingya who left Burma (Myanmar) on or after June 1, 2012, and arrived in the United States under refugee status, or who sought asylum protection, and now reside in the United States."
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