Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Here is an interesting human rights lawsuit against a social media mega-giant. A group of U.S. and UK law firms have filed suit against Meta, formerly known as Facebook, on behalf of refugees of the Rohingya genocide in Myanmar, Hannah Roberts reports. The refugees claims that Metaia employed algorithms that amplified hate speech against the Rohingya people and failing to take down the groups and pages propagating such speech. The refugees are seeking $150 billion in damages in suits filed in both the US and UK.
Thousands of Rohingya Muslims were killed in Myanmar in 2017 as part of a military crackdown.
U.K.-based law firms Mishcon de Reya and McCue Jury & Partners have launched the U.K. legal action. U.S. law firms Fields and Edelson to co-ordinate in the United States.