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Several Rohingya refugees in the US and UK filed a $150 billion lawsuit against Facebook on Monday, accusing the company of allowing hate speech against them to be spread on its social media platform, following widespread protests against the ethnic minority group in Myanmar. But there was violence.

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A class-action suit filed in California alleged that Facebook’s failures to monitor content on the platform led to real-world violence against a Muslim minority group in Myanmar, Reuters reports. informed of,

In coordination with the California filing, a law firm representing refugees in the UK handed a letter of notice to Facebook’s London office.

According to the BBC, the UK letter accuses Facebook’s algorithms of promoting hate speech against the Rohingya and also failed to invest in moderators and fact checkers who were aware of the situation in Myanmar.

The plaintiffs are seeking to enforce Burmese laws against the social media giant if it lifts US Section 230 as a defense, which protects the platform from liability over content posted by its users.

According to Reuters, US courts can apply foreign law in cases where a company’s activity has caused harm overseas, but there is no known successful example of it being used against the social media platform.

Businesshala has reached out to Facebook for comment on the two lawsuits.

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