Rohingya refugees demand $ 150 billion from Facebook – Money

rohingyas | A Rohingya woman and her child. Getty Images

Several Rohingya refugees in the US and UK have taken legal action against Facebook in the amount of 150 billion dollars, accusing the company of allowing the dissemination of hate speech against them on its social media platform, which has was followed by large-scale violence against the ethnic minority group in Myanmar.


Class action filed in California alleges Facebook’s inability to control content of his platform resulted in actual violence against Myanmar’s Muslim minority, reports Reuters. In coordination with the filing of the complaint in California, a firm of UK lawyers representing refugees delivered a notification letter to the office of Facebook in London. According to the BBC, the British letter accuses furthermore Facebook’s algorithms of amplifying hate speech against the Rohingya and failing to invest in moderators and fact-checkers aware of the situation in Myanmar. Complainants seek to enforce Burmese laws against the social media giant if it relies on the article 230 of US law as a defense, which protects platforms from any liability regarding the content posted by its users. According to Reuters, US courts can apply laws foreigners in cases where a company’s activity has caused harm abroad, but there is no known successful precedent for this use against social media platforms. The company ise Facebook told Forbes she was appalled at the crimes committed against the Rohingya people and claimed that she had taken several steps to tackle disinformation on her platform in Myanmar, but she did not comment on the trial itself.

Large number

730 000. This is the total number of Rohingya who have been forced to flee their homes in Rakhine State, Myanmar, after the army and die-hard nationalists unleashed violence against the Muslim minority, including killings and alleged gang rapes.

Key context

In 2018, UN human rights investigators found that Facebook played a “determining role” in the Rohingya genocide. The platform has been criticized for allowing the dissemination of Islamophobic content targeting the Rohingya people. In its report on the genocide, the United Nations Human Rights Council called the platform “a useful tool for those who seek to spread hatred”. That same year, Facebook also admitted that it had not done enough to prevent the spread of hate speech and incitement to violence on its platform against the Rohingya. The Gambia, in West Africa, is currently filing a complaint against Facebook for promoting violence against the Rohingya before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague.

Article translated from Forbes US – Author: Siladitya Ray

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