A new consumer protection lawsuit claims this Facebook Executives like Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg have misled Congress and the American public by falsely claiming that the company is removing content that violates its policies. The lawsuit, filed Thursday by civil rights group Muslim Advocates, alleges that the company routinely allows people to break the rules. They say their actions allowed anti-Muslim hatred to spread on the platform, which has resulted in real harm.
As an example for Facebook, due to the failure on the matter, the organization referred to a list of 26 anti-Muslim hate groups it shared with the company. Of these, 19 are still present on the network, and many have names with clear anti-Muslim connotations, such as “Jihad Watch” and “Understanding the Threat”.
“This is not,” Oh, a few things are falling through the cracks, “Muslim Advocates attorney Mary Bauer told NPR.” This is ubiquitous content that, despite advice from academics and nonprofits suggesting continues to exist. Facebook made a decision not to remove this material. “The lawsuit requests a judge to appoint Facebook stop making false and misleading statements about its content moderation policies and practices and pay “modest” monetary damage.
Facebook’s community standards expressly prohibit hate speech. “We don’t allow any more hate speech Facebook and work regularly with experts, nonprofits and stakeholders to ensure this Facebook is a safe place for anyone who realizes that anti-Muslim rhetoric can take various forms, ”a Facebook Spokesman said Engadget. “We’ve invested in AI technology to remove hate speech, and we’re proactively detecting 97 percent of what we’re removing.”
Critics have routinely accused Facebook Too little to do to prevent hate speech and misinformation from spreading on its platforms. In its defense, the company is likely to refer to the recent tools it has put in place to better combat hate speech, as well as new policies aimed at imposing more severe penalties on individuals and communities who repeatedly break the rules.