Prison » Facebook needs to know ‘what side of the law they are on’ as social network continues its fight against hate speech, warns UN human rights chief

Daily Mail
August 30, 2018

Facebook should move more ‘proactively’ to address hate speech on its platform, the United Nations human rights chief has cautioned.

He warned that the social network needs to work out ‘what side of the law they are on’.

The appeal follows a decision by Facebook this week to ban Myanmar’s army chief as well as other top military brass linked to a possible ‘genocide’ against Rohingya Muslims following a recent investigation by the UN.

The social network is the prime source of news and information for many in Myanmar, but has also been used as a platform for the army and Buddhist hardliners to spread hate speech against the Rohingya and other minorities.

These individuals aired their support for the military’s bloody ‘clearance operations’ last year that forced some 700,000 Rohingya over the border into Bangladesh in posts shared widely across Facebook.

The UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in early meetings with Facebook he did not think executives ‘were taking it seriously’.

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This article was posted: Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 8:12 am

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