Facebook ‘sued’ for failing to stop hate speech against Muslims

The lawsuit was first reported by Bloomberg News.

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Facebook sued for 'failing' to stop anti-Muslim hate speech | Middle East EyeA US civil rights group launched legal proceedings against Facebook on Thursday.

The civil rights group blamed Facebook for its failure to enforce its moderation policies responsible for anti-Muslim abuse.

The complaint was filed by the Muslim Advocates in the superior court for Washington against Facebook, its CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and COO Sheryl Sandberg.

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The report stated that the social media giant failed to remove content that violated its “Community Standards.”

“Every day, people are bombarded with harmful content in violation of Facebook’s policies on bullying, harassment, dangerous organizations, hate speech, and violence,” the lawsuit reads.

“Hateful, anti-Muslim attacks are pervasive on Facebook.”

The lawsuit was first reported by Bloomberg News.

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The rights group said in its complaint that it presented Facebook in 2017 with a list of 26 groups whose pages violated the company’s community standards.

As of the 1st of April, 19 of those 26 groups still had pages available on Facebook.

Facebook has generally avoided lawsuits over removing abusive content under a 1996 federal law broadly protecting them from liability for user-posted content.

Nevertheless, the Muslim Advocates assert that Facebook officials breached a local consumer-protection law.

It said that the company promised it would remove content that violated its moderation standards yet then failed to do so.

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“Facebook’s officials have misrepresented the company’s actual practices when it comes to enforcing its standards and policies to keep Facebook free of hate speech and other harmful content,” the lawsuit reads.

“This failure has boosted the volume of anti-Muslim hate bombarding Facebook users.

“If Facebook’s executives had implemented their Community Standards and policies as they promised, a significant amount of the anti-Muslim hate and real-world damage could have been avoided.”

Facebook has been blamed for providing a platform for the incitement of violent attacks against Muslims worldwide.

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These include the Christchurch attacks in New Zealand, the violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, and the violence against Muslims in India.

In response to the complaint, a Facebook spokesman said that the company works to ensure a no-hate speech policy.

“We don’t allow hate speech on Facebook and regularly work with stakeholders, experts, and non-profits to help make sure Facebook is a safe place for everyone, recognizing anti-Muslim rhetoric can take various forms,” the spokesman told Bloomberg News.

The advocacy group is seeking monetary damages and a court declaration that Facebook broke the law.

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