Facebook, the most dominant social media today has failed the vulnerable communities, especially with regard to the hate campaign and fake news against the Rohingyas and alleged illegal Bangladeshi Muslims in Assam.
A study has claimed that the Facebook admin team has miserably failed to delete 93 per cent of posts containing speech violating its own ‘Community Standards’ home rules.
The biggest allegation comes from India, describing how Facebook failed to delete hundreds of memes, images, and posts targeting caste, LGBT, and religious minorities.
The posts demonized Rohingya Muslims, the minority group that had been targeted for persecution in Myanmar.
The Bangla-speaking Muslims in Assam were also victims of the wrath of ruling party brigade.
Facebook has failed to halt the persecution of Rohingyas fleeing Myanmar to Bangladesh.
The United Nations has termed Myanmar’s treatment of the Muslim Rohingya minority a genocide and alleged Facebook has done little to tackle hate speech.
Lawmakers from the Arakan state of Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya minority regularly posted hateful anti-Rohingya content on Facebook.
In some cases, these explicitly called for violence preceding the atrocities since the military campaign of ethnic cleansing began in August 2017.
Posts by members of Rakhine state’s parliament compared Rohingya to dogs, adding that ‘Muslim women were too ugly to rape’.
They also falsely stated that Rohingyas torched their own houses for a payout from NGOs and accused Muslims of seeking to become the dominant group in the State by having too many children.
Bangladesh now host over 1.1 million Rohingyas after 700,000 fled Myanmar since August, 2018 when insurgents’ attack triggered a military crackdown.
When the Rohingya crisis worsened in Arakan, analysis showed that Facebook took no action for months and years.
The platform finally removed many posts after BuzzFeed News sent links to the concerned person on Facebook.
Facebook has admitted shortcomings in Myanmar after its policies were cited for aggravating ethnic cleansing, and promised to reform its processes, by hiring more content moderators.
Hate campaign also targeted Bangla-speaking Muslims in Assam which went viral on Facebook.
This came at a time when the Indian government launched a controversial programme to crack down on people illegally entering the country from Bangladesh.
A report, titled ‘Megaphone for Hate’, released by Avaaz, a non-profit social media activist network found serious lacuna on the part of Facebook.
Comments and posts that called Bengali Muslims ‘pigs’, ‘terrorists’, ‘dogs’, ‘rapists’, and ‘criminals’, explicitly violated Facebook’s standards on hate speech, Avaaz claimed.
Meanwhile, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has publicly stated he hopes to move toward automating a substantial part of its content management process using artificial intelligence tools.