Rohingya refugees suing US Meta for $ 150 billion in damages | Reuters

A minority Islamic Rohingya refugee has filed a class action lawsuit alleging that Meta Platforms (formerly Facebook) has not taken steps against hate speech that encourages violence in Myanmar. The photo was taken in December 2019 (2021 Reuters / Johanna Geron)

[Reuters]–A minority Muslim Rohingya refugee has filed a class action lawsuit alleging that Meta Platforms (formerly Facebook) did not take measures against hate speech that promotes violence in Myanmar. Seeking $ 150 billion in damages.

Law firms Ederson and Fields have filed a lawsuit in a California court on the 6th. It claims that Facebook’s failure to limit content led to violence against the Rohingya. A British lawyer also sent a notice to the company’s London office.

Facebook has not responded to requests for comment. The company takes the position that it is not responsible for user postings under Article 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Plaintiffs have said that if such a claim is made, Myanmar’s law will be applied.

US courts may apply foreign law if damages caused by a company’s actions occur outside the United States. However, Professor Anupam Chander of Georgetown University Law Center said that using Myanmar law was not “inappropriate” but “less likely to succeed.”

In August 2017, Myanmar troops conducted a mopping operation in western Rakhine State, evacuating more than 730,000 Rohingya. It is said that mass murder and sexual assault were carried out at that time.

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