Facebook: Stop Abetting Sectarian Violence

Target: Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook

Goal: Urge Facebook to moderate online content in Sri Lanka to prevent violent outbursts caused by misinformation.

Due to a series of domestic privacy issues, Facebook has been under heavy scrutiny as of late, but a recent report from The New York Times suggests that the company’s willful negligence has been causing issues abroad as well. According to the New York Times report, Facebook has been incredibly lax in its moderation of content that is posted to its online portal in Sri Lanka. That lack of moderation has led to the spreading of misinformation, which often results in violence between the region’s Sinhalese and Muslim populations.

Not only does Facebook make no efforts to combat the spreading of misinformation, in some cases it even amplifies it, since the platform’s algorithms are designed to surface controversial content. Sign this petition to demand that Facebook implement stricter moderation for Sri Lankan users to prevent the further spread misinformation and violence.


Dear Mr. Zuckerberg,

Facebook has contributed to the spreading of dangerous misinformation in the country of Sri Lanka, misinformation that has often acted as the catalyst for violence between the country’s Sinhalese and Muslim populations. Not only does Facebook make no efforts to curtail this misinformation, in some cases it even helps to spread it by surfacing controversial articles regardless of whether the information in those articles is true.

It’s time for Facebook to stop this spreading of misinformation by hiring a dedicated Sri Lankan moderation team and establishing emergency points of contact that citizens can turn to in order to report potentially dangerous content. Please take these steps to help ensure the safety of Sri Lanka’s people.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Robert Ortiz says:

    The people have the right to know the truth, the whole truth. Not the distorted or made up truth.

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