“Facebook played a 'determining role' in stirring up hatred against Rohingya Muslims.”

Facebook incites violence

#Hate

Fri, Mar 16th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

The United Nations warns that Facebook has "turned into a beast," playing a "determining role" in promoting hate online. Some argue that social media is doing exactly what it was designed to do.

This is standard fare. When Russia manipulates elections via Facebook, or ISIS recruits followers on Twitter, or racist landlords deny rentals to blacks and then offer them to whites through Airbnb, commentators and companies describe these activities as “manipulation” or “abuse” of today’s ubiquitous websites and apps. The impulse is to portray this odious behavior as a strange, unpredictable, and peripheral contortion of the platforms.

But it’s not. It’s simply using those platforms as designed.

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