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Rohingya sue Facebook for $ 190 billion

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The complaint filed claims that the algorithms used by the web giant have fostered disinformation and extremist ideologies that have resulted in violent acts in the real world.

Facebook is like a robot programmed with a single mission: to develop.

A quote from Extract from the complaint

The undeniable reality is that Facebook’s growth, fueled by hatred, division and misinformation, has left hundreds of thousands of Rohingya lives devastated., continues the document consulted by AFP.

A people discriminated against

Most of the Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority, took refuge in Bangladesh from 2017 after fleeing a violent campaign of repression in Burma. This predominantly Buddhist country considers these people to be underground, even though they have often been present there for generations.

Refusing to return to Burma until they are guaranteed security and equal rights, the community lives in makeshift huts and unsanitary conditions.

People walk on a small dirt road with nearly thousands of homes.  People have an open umbrella over their head.

Rohingya in a refugee camp in Bangladesh, August 23, 2018

Photo: Getty Images / AFP / Dibyangshu Sarkar

Several Rohingyas still in Burma do not enjoy citizenship there and face community violence and discrimination from the ruling junta.

Facebook singled out

The collective complaint filed Monday in San Francisco claims that Facebook’s algorithms are pushing certain Internet user profiles towards groups even more extremist than they already are, an ideal situation for ruling heads and autocratic regimes.

Human rights organizations criticize Facebook for not being sufficiently involved in the fight against disinformation and false information.

Critics claim that even when the platform is alerted to hateful content, it does not act, which leads to persecution of minorities and can even affect the outcome of some elections.

Frances Haugen, the whistleblower who slammed the Facebook door last May and denounces the practices of her former employer, told Congress that the network, whose parent company was recently renamed Meta, was stoking the ethnic violence in some countries.

Under US law, Facebook is unlikely to be held responsible for messages posted by its users. To get around this legal pitfall, the Rohingya complaint highlights the fact that Burmese law, which offers no such protection, should take precedence.

Contacted by AFP, Facebook had not reacted Monday evening to the announcement of this complaint.

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