Facebook to remove posts that spur violence

SAN FRANCISCO: Accused of helping to spur violence in countries like Myanmar, Sri Lanka and India, Facebook has said it will begin removing misinformation that leads to violence and physical harm.

“There are certain forms of misinformation that have contributed to physical harm, and we are making a policy change which will enable us to take that type of content down,” Facebook said

Currently, Facebook bans content that directly calls for violence but the new policy will cover fake news that has the potential to stir up physical harm.

"There are certain forms of misinformation that have contributed to physical harm, and we are making a policy change which will enable us to take that type of content down," Facebook said in a statement.

"We will begin implementing the policy during the coming months," it added.

Facebook-owned WhatsApp is facing the flak in India for allowing the circulation of a large number of irresponsible messages filled with rumours and provocation that has led to growing instances of the lynching of innocent people.

In June, Facebook removed content that alleged Muslims in Sri Lanka were poisoning food given and sold to Buddhists.

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