The Muslim civil rights group Advocates sued Facebook Inc. and its top executives, alleging that they misled the US Congress and others, falsely claiming that the company removes content that violates its policies.
The lawsuit alleges that Facebook routinely did not remove content that violated its rules, including anti-Muslim groups and pages flagged by rights organizations and experts. The presentation said this included pages and groups with names that compared Muslims to “dirt” and contained calls to “unite against”, “purge” or “eliminate”. Islam.
Social media platforms have long been subject to control over how they are managed The Hate speech, violent content and other abuses on their platforms.
In July 2020, Facebook released a civil rights audit commissioned by the company that said it should invest more resources to study and address organized hatred against Muslims and other target groups on the platform.
“We do not allow hate speech on Facebook and work regularly with experts, non-profit organizations and interest groups to help ensure that Facebook is a safe place for everyone, recognizing that anti-Muslim rhetoric can take different forms.” , a Facebook spokesman said in a statement. “We’ve invested in AI technologies to eliminate hate speech and proactively detect 97% of what we eliminate.”
The lawsuit, which was filed in the District of Columbia High Court in Washington, alleges that Facebook, no executive Mark Zuckerberg, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and other executives violated the district’s consumer protection law through their statements about the removal of content that violated the rules.
Zuckerberg, who has appeared before Congress seven times since 2018, it has informed lawmakers that the company suppresses violating Facebook’s policies, including posts that call for violence or that could risk imminent physical harm.
However, the company has been criticized by civil rights groups who say it does not apply these rules consistently.
The lawsuit demands that the judge declare that Facebook executives’ statements violate DC’s Consumer Protection Procedures Act and seeks damages for Muslim defenders.
Muslim Advocates is a non-profit organization based in Washington.