Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg sued over anti-Muslim hate speech, violence

Civil rights group Muslim Advocates sued Facebook and its top execs for allegedly misleading the public about how safe its social media platforms are.

Civil rights group Muslim Advocates issuing Facebook and top executives, including Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, alleging the company misled the public about how safe its social media platforms are.

The complaint filed Thursday in federal court in Washington, D.C.,arguesthat Facebook dupeslawmakers, civil rights groups and the public at large when it makes broad claims that it removes content that spews hate orincites violence and yet does not.

Just like a car company cant exaggerate how safe their product is to boost sales, Facebook isnt allowed to do that either.

Yet months earlier, Megan Squire, a computer science professor at Elon University, reported a group called Veterans Against Islamic Filth for violating Facebooks rules on dehumanizing speech, including comparisons to filth.

Facebook and other social media companies have broad discretion about how they police content, andSection 230 of the Communications Decency Act shields them from liability.Those protections don't extend to misrepresenting how safe their platforms are, attorney Peter Romer-Friedman, who representsMuslim Advocates, told USA TODAY.

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