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Rohingya refugees sue Facebook for $150 billion, allege company failed to take action on hate speech

Several Rohingya refugees have sued Facebook for $150 billion on allegations that the social media company did not take action on the hate speech posted on the platform against them, reported Reuters. The refugees have alleged that Facebook’s inaction led to violence against the members of the community.

Rohingyas, a Muslim community in the Buddhist-majority Myanmar, have been denied citizenship in the country and are classified as illegal immigrants. In 2017, the Myanmar Army had cracked down on the Rohingyas, claiming that it was in retaliation to attacks by insurgent group Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army. The refugees have alleged that the crackdown included mass killings and rape.

More than seven lakh Rohingya Muslims fled to Bangladesh in August 2017 to escape the violence. The United Nations and the United States have described the Myanmar Army’s actions against the community as “ethnic cleansing”.

The lawsuit against Facebook, now known as Meta, was filed in a California court on Monday by law firms Edelson PC and Fields PLLC. In a coordinated action, British lawyers too have submitted a letter of notice to Facebook’s London office.

The lawsuit referred to claims made by Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen that the company does not police abusive content in countries where such speeches are likely to cause the…

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