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

As Facebook deals with global criticism for its platform’s role in promoting violence, the company says it’s taking new steps to slow the spread of hate. In a blog post published yesterday, the company noted action it’s recently taken in two countries: Sri Lanka and Myanmar, both of which have been hit by social media-fueled conflict.

In Sri Lanka, where posts on Facebook have spread anti-Muslim violence, the company says it’s limiting the number of messages that users can forward — a change the company previously made to WhatsApp amid similar concerns. The number of threads that can be forwarded at once is reportedly set at five in the country.

The company said it is also focusing on…

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