Meta, Facebook Sued In Kenya Over Hate Messages

A lawsuit has been launched against Meta Platforms at Milimani High Court, accusing them of permitting violent and vile messages from Ethiopia to thrive on Facebook, inflaming the country’s horrific civil conflict.

Two Ethiopian scholars and the Kenyan rights group Katiba Institute filed the complaint in Kenya’s High Court on Wednesday.

It claims that Facebook’s recommendation systems amplify violent messages in Ethiopia, including many that preceded the death of one of the researchers’ father.

The plaintiffs are seeking the court to compel Meta to take emergency steps to demote violent material, boost moderation employees in Nairobi, and set aside approximately $2 billion in compensation money for victims of violence incited by Facebook.

Among the complainants is Abrham Meareg, who claims his father, Tigrayan academic Meareg Amare Abrha, was murdered after racist Facebook messages about him were published in October 2021.

The postings revealed Abrha’s address and demanded his execution. According to the lawsuit, Mearag reported them to Facebook, but the corporation refused to delete them immediately or, in some cases, at all. His father was murdered in November 2021 following the posts.

According to the lawsuit, the business failed to use reasonable care in training its algorithms to identify potentially harmful messages and in employing employees to monitor material for the languages covered by its regional moderation hub in Nairobi.

A lawsuit has been launched against Meta Platforms at Milimani High Court, accusing them of permitting violent and vile messages from Ethiopia to thrive on Facebook, inflaming the country’s horrific civil conflict.

Two Ethiopian scholars and the Kenyan rights group Katiba Institute filed the complaint in Kenya’s High Court on Wednesday.

It claims that Facebook’s recommendation systems amplify violent messages in Ethiopia, including many that preceded the death of one of the researchers’ father.

The plaintiffs are seeking the court to compel Meta to take emergency steps to demote violent material, boost moderation employees in Nairobi, and set aside approximately $2 billion in compensation money for victims of violence incited by Facebook.

Among the complainants is Abrham Meareg, who claims his father, Tigrayan academic Meareg Amare Abrha, was murdered after racist Facebook messages about him were published in October 2021.

The postings revealed Abrha’s address and demanded his execution. According to the lawsuit, Mearag reported them to Facebook, but the corporation refused to delete them immediately or, in some cases, at all. His father was murdered in November 2021 following the posts.

According to the lawsuit, the business failed to use reasonable care in training its algorithms to identify potentially harmful messages and in employing employees to monitor material for the languages covered by its regional moderation hub in Nairobi.