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Tuesday, 03 April 2018 - 13:13
Zuckerberg accepts misuse of FB tools in Rohingya issue
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Facebook’s fake news problems extend far beyond Russian trolls interfering in US elections.
 
Overseas, false stories have turned into tools of political warfare most notably in Myanmar, where government forces have carried out, a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya, the country’s Muslim minority group.
 
In an interview with Vox’s Ezra Klein, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressed Facebook’s role in fueling and inciting anti-Muslim and anti-Rohingya sentiment.
 
“The Myanmar issues have, I think, gotten a lot of focus inside the company,” Zuckerberg said. “And they’re real issues and we take this really seriously.”
 
He recalled one incident where Facebook detected that people were trying to spread “sensational messages” through Facebook Messenger to incite violence on both sides of the conflict.
 
He acknowledged that in such instances, it’s clear that people are using Facebook “to incite real-world harm.” But in this case, at least, the messages were detected and stopped from going through.
 
“This is certainly something that we’re paying a lot of attention to,” Zuckerberg continued. “It’s a real issue, and we want to make sure that all of the tools that we’re bringing to bear on eliminating hate speech, inciting violence, and basically protecting the integrity of civil discussions that we’re doing in places like Myanmar, as well as places like the US that do get a disproportionate amount of the attention.”
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