Jul 19, 2018

Facebook to remove violence-inciting misinformation from site

The parents of a victim beaten to death by mob sparked after rumours on Facebook and WhatsApp in India about child abductors. Photo credit should read Biju Boro/AFP/Getty Images

Facebook told the New York Times on Wednesday that it will soon begin extracting misinformation circulating on the social media platform that is inciting existing tensions into physical violence globally.

The details: Facebook has been under scrutiny for being used to propagate false information and hateful rhetoric which can lead to deadly violence in countries like India, Sri Lanka and Myanmar. The company has already been working with local civil groups to identify false information for removal. However, other social platforms Facebook owns such as Instagram and WhatsApp, won't adopt the policy, even though they are also being used to circulate false news, the Times notes.

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