Facebook supports efforts in Sri Lanka to curb hate speech

Facebook says it supports efforts in Sri Lanka to curb hate speech, following the recent violence in Kandy.

“We have clear rules against hate speech and incitement to violence and work hard to keep it off our platform. We are responding to the situation in Sri Lanka and are in contact with the Government and non-governmental organizations to support efforts to identify and remove such content,” Facebook has said in an emailed statement to CNBC.

A person familiar with the company’s thinking regarding the Sri Lanka situation told CNBC the company believes that restricting access to the internet can deprive people of an important communication tool during a time of crisis and hopes that access will soon be restored soon in the country. (Colombo Gazette)