India: Facebook allegedly being used as 'megaphone of hate', after report shows widespread sharing of hate speech directed at Bengali Muslims

Author: Pranav Dixit, BuzzFeed, Published on: 4 November 2019

"Facebook Failed The Rohingya In Myanmar. Now It May Be Repeating Its Mistakes In Assam.", 28 October 2019

Hate speech that targeted Bengali Muslims in...Assam has spread on Facebook...a new report claims...

...Comments and posts that called Bengali Muslims “pigs,” “terrorists,” “dogs,” “rapists,” and “criminals,”...were shared nearly 100,000 times and viewed at least 5.4 million times, showed the Avaaz review, which covered 800 Facebook posts related to Assam. As of September, Facebook had removed just 96 of the 213 posts and comments that the organization reported, including calls to poison Hindu girls to prevent Muslims from raping them...

...“Facebook is being used as a megaphone for hate...,” Alaphia Zoyab, senior campaigner at Avaaz, said in a statement...

...[Facebook] issued a response...that read in part: “...we seek to protect the rights of minorities and marginalized communities around the world, including in India. We have clear rules against hate speech, which we define as attacks against people...which reflect input we received from experts in India. We take this extremely seriously and remove content that violates these policies as soon as we become aware of it.”...

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