Facebook Canada official admits platform can fuel hate

Facebook Canada’s global director said Thursday the social media giant knew in 2018 it was being used to stir up violence and incite hatred, including against the Rohingya in Myanmar.

Kevin Chan was testifying before the Canadian justice committee into online hate and said Facebook likely played a role in the Easter Day suicide bombings in Sri Lanka.

“With regards to the tragedy in Sri Lanka, we know that the misuse and abuse of our platform may amplify underlying ethnic and religious tensions and contribute to offline harm in some parts of the world,” Chen said. “This is especially true in countries like Sri Lanka, where many people are using the Internet for the first time, and social media can be used to spread hate and fuel tension on the ground.”

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