Facebook is under new scrutiny for it's role in Ethiopia's conflict

A whistleblower says Facebook’s algorithms could be stoking tensions and fanning ethnic violence in Ethiopia.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Hate and division on Facebook are not just a problem in the U.S. That’s one of the messages whistleblower Frances Haugen took to Congress last week, where she accused Facebook’s algorithms of quote, “literally fanning ethnic violence in Ethiopia,” a country that’s endured nearly a year of civil war.

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FRANCES HAUGEN: My fear is that without action, divisive and extremist behaviors we see today are only the beginning. What we saw in Myanmar and are now seeing in Ethiopia are

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