An Ethiopian professor was murdered by a mob. A lawsuit alleges Facebook fueled the violence

An Ethiopian professor was murdered by a mob. A lawsuit alleges Facebook fueled the violence

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  • CNN — The son of an Ethiopian chemistry professor who was killed during unrest in the country last year has filed a lawsuit against Meta, Facebook’s parent company, alleging that the social media platform is fueling viral hate and violence, harming people across eastern and southern Africa.
  • “If Facebook had just stopped the spread of hate and moderated posts properly, my father would still be alive,” Meareg said in a statement, adding that one of the posts calling for his father’s death was still on the platform.
  • The plaintiffs are asking the court to order Meta to demote violent content, increase content moderation staff in Nairobi and create a restitution fund of about $1.6 billion for victims of hate and violence incited on Facebook.
  • Last year, Meta’s independent oversight board recommended the company commission a human rights due diligence assessment into how Facebook and Instagram have been used to spread hate speech and misinformation, which has ratcheted up the risk of violence in Ethiopia.

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