Reporters without Borders sues Facebook over hate speech

Reporters Without Borders filed a lawsuit against Facebook in France. In a lawsuit filed with the public prosecutor in Paris, the global media watchdog accuses Facebook of allowing large-scale proliferation of hate speech – notably against journalists – and false information despite promises to provide a safe online environment.

The group said, “Using expert analyses, personal testimony and statements from former Facebook employees, RSF’s lawsuit demonstrates that … (Facebook) allows disinformation and hate speech to flourish on its network … contrary to the claims made in its terms of service and through its ads.”

RSF said a court ruling against Facebook in France had the potential to have a global impact. It was also considering filing similar lawsuits in other countries.

The suit is based on the French consumer code, under which companies using deceptive commercial practices can be liable to fines of up to 10% of annual turnover.

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