Hindu nationalists have used social networks to whip up sectarian tempers against India’s Muslims for years. The Covid-19 infodemic is making this worse. As long as platform algorithms incentivize disinformation, no amount of fact-checking will solve the problem.
Before 700,000 Rohingya fled the genocide in Myanmar, the military had riled up millions of users against the group in a hate speech campaign on Facebook. Why did the company not intervene? And can this happen again? Interviews with two human rights experts, who both witnessed the events leading up to the genocide