A lawsuit has been filed against Meta, Facebook’s parent company. This lawsuit accuses Meta of fuelling political unrest in Africa and demands that Meta pays over $2 billion in victims’ funds as well as make significant improvements in their services.
In the lawsuit, Facebook is accused of causing death, vilification of individuals, displacement of families and destruction of communities in Kenya and across Africa.
This isn’t the first time that Facebook has been sued for inciting violence. In 2021, Mark Zuckerberg was sued by Muslim advocates for Muslim hate speech.
Also, Rohingya refugees sued the company for $150 billion over Myanmar hate speech.
With the current Kenyan case, the first petitioner is Abrham Meareg, an Ethiopian academic, whose father was killed in a racist attack on Facebook.
The second petitioner, Fisseha Tekle is a former Ethiopian researcher and legal advisor whose reports of violence during the Ethiopian war made him a target of abuse on Facebook.