Facebook vows to fight hate speech, but it may be too late for Rohingya Muslims

Source: Religion News Service

(RNS) — A social media network set up to connect people is now acknowledging it needs to do more to prevent the spread of hate speech that contributed to a campaign to drive out Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority.


That admission came from Monika Bickert, Facebook’s vice president of global policy management, this month at an event, “Countering Disinformation and Violent Extremism in the Digital Age,” at New America in Washington, D.C. And it comes as activists in Myanmar are urging Facebook to more carefully moderate the social network in countries like theirs, where it quickly has dominated how people communicate and access information.

“It’s a complicated landscape, and there’s a lot more we can do there,” Bickert said.

More than 85 percent of Facebook’s 2.2 billion users are outside the United States, the company’s top policy official said.

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