Facebook says it is taking new steps to stop hate speech in Sri Lanka and Myanmar

While Facebook deals with worldwide criticism of the platform's role in promoting violence, the company says it is taking new steps to slow the spread of hate. In a blog post yesterday, the company published actions it has recently taken in two countries: Sri Lanka and Myanmar, both of which have been affected by social media conflicts.

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In Sri Lanka, where posts on Facebook have spread of anti-Muslim violence, the company says it limits the number of messages users can forward – a change the company has previously made to WhatsApp amid similar concerns. The number of threads that can be forwarded at the same time is Reportedly set to five in the country.

The company also said it focuses on & # 39; borderline content & # 39 ;, which is sensational but does not directly violate the rules of the platform. In Myanmar, where the Rohingya minority population is being prosecuted, the company said it would reduce the spread of all content from people who display "a pattern" of violating Facebook's community standards.

The company says it is meanwhile continuing to ban people who directly promote violence. "Reducing the distribution of content is also another lever that we can use to combat the spread of hateful content and activity," the company said in its function.

Facebook & # 39; s dealing with violence in countries like Myanmar has been widely investigated, with proponents saying their efforts were "not nearly enough in the neighborhood." independent assessment of Myanmar released last year, Facebook concluded "it can and should do more."

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