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Facebook sued for failing to take away anti-Muslim hate speech

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Zuckerberg and different Big Tech executives have testified earlier than the U.S. Congress on a number of events relating to how they curb hate speech and misinformation on their platforms

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Muslim Advocates, a civil liberties organisation, has sued Facebook and its executives in Washington, DC, for failing to manage anti-Muslim hate speech on the platform.

The advocacy group alleges that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, COO Sheryl Sandberg and different executives have “deceived Congress and consumers by falsely stating that the company removes content that violates its standards and practices,” it mentioned in an announcement. The failure has amplified the quantity of anti-Muslim hate bombarding Facebook customers, it added.

“We don’t permit hate speech on our platform and we usually work with specialists, non-profits, and stakeholders to assist be sure that Facebook is a secure place for everybody,” a Facebook spokesperson told The Hindu.

Last year, Facebook said it took down 22.1 million pieces of hate speech in the September ended quarter. The California-based company also said it has deployed artificial intelligence (AI) tools to “proactively detect 97% of the content material faraway from Facebook,” based on the corporate.

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The civil rights group has filed a number of complaints beginning 2017 relating to the prevalence of anti-Muslim hate teams in Facebook. In 2018, Dr Megan Squire, a professor at Elon University in North Carolina, revealed a paper titled ‘Network Analysis of Anti-Muslim Groups on Facebook’ figuring out 201 anti-Muslim hate teams within the U.S. which have group pages on Facebook. Around 100 of these teams stay lively until date, based on the assertion.

Zuckerberg and different Big Tech executives have testified earlier than the U.S. Congress on a number of events relating to how they curb hate speech and misinformation on their platforms.

The plaintiff seeks a jury trial and calls for damages of $1,500 per violation.

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