Zuckerburg promises to tackle hate speech in Myanmar

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The Facebook Founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerburg promised to do more to tackle hate speech in Myanmar during a US-Congress hearing about the social media giant’s so-called role in spreading hate content against Rohingya Muslims.

What’s happening in Myanmar is a terrible tragedy, and we need to do more…, he told the US lawmakers when Senate Patrick Leahy questioned him about the organization’s role as a breeding ground for hate speech against Rohingyas.

Zuckerburg was testifying before the US Congress amid a firestorm over the data theft of millions of Americans over Facebook by Cambridge Analytica.

“Recently, UN investigators blamed Facebook for playing a role in inciting possible genocide in Myanmar, Leahy said, as he cited the tragic death of a Muslim journalist. “You say you use Artificial Intelligence to find this. This is the type of content I’m referring to. It calls for the death of a Muslim journalist. Now, that threat went straight through your detection systems, it spread very quickly and then it took attempt after attempt after attempt, and involvement of civil society groups, to get you to remove it,” the Senator said.

In reply, Zuckerburg said that Facebook was working on it. He cited various steps in vogue to tackle hate speech in Myanmar.

Zuckerberg faced a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary & Commerce committees. He also noted that there are several important elections in 2018 in countries like India, Hungary, & Brazil and his company wants to ensure the protection of integrity in these elections.  

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