A lawsuit filed in Kenya alleges Facebook’s recommendations systems amplified violent posts, inflaming the conflict.

Among the plaintiffs is Abrham Meareg, who said his father, Tigrayan academic Meareg Amare Abrha, was killed after Facebook posts referring to him using ethnic slurs were published in October 2021.

The posts shared Abrha’s address and called for his death. Meareg reported them to Facebook but the company declined to remove them promptly or in some cases at all, the lawsuit alleged. His father was shot dead in November last year.

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