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Facebook Sued For £200Billion Over Claims It Fuelled Genocide Of Rohingya Muslims

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Facebook is being sued for more than £200billion over claims it fuelled the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

Lawyers have launched legal action on both sides of the Atlantic seeking ‘reparation-style’ compensation from the Silicon Valley tech firm on behalf of victims and survivors.

Those behind the case said that Facebook had ‘fanned the flames of hatred’ by repeatedly ignoring warnings that the platform was being used to share hate speech in the country.

The transatlantic coalition of lawyers, who are working with a number of charities, said that the legal action was needed to stop the company from ‘running the world with impunity’.

Estimates say as many as 25,000 Rohingya, described as ‘the most discriminated people in the world’, were killed and more than 800,000 forced to flee to Bangladesh after violence erupted in 2017.

The attacks were launched by the predominantly Buddhist country’s military alongside local death squads in reaction to low-level attacks by Rohingya militants on more than 30 police posts.

The UN said that forces had unleashed ‘frenzied blood-letting and mass rape’ in the Rakhine province in the west of the country, including the routine abduction of women and girls.

Despite the UN describing the military response as a ‘textbook example of ethnic cleansing’, campaigners said that Facebook failed to stop anti-Rohingya propaganda.

Facebook has admitted it was ‘too slow to prevent misinformation and hate’ in Myanmar and has said it has since taken steps to crack down on platform abuses in the region, including banning the military from Facebook and Instagram after the February 1 coup.

In a letter of notice to Facebook’s UK arm, lawyers notified the company of the intended action in the High court, asking it to preserve any relevant documents for evidence.

The formal claim for negligence and breaching a duty of care, due to be filed later this month, will say that Facebook ‘used algorithms that amplified hate speech’ and failed to invest in local moderators.

It will also accuse the company of failing to remove posts and accounts that incited violence.

Jason McCue, a senior partner at McCue Jury & Partners LLP which is leading the claim, said the case was an attempt to ‘stop this juggernaut of a company that is out of control’.

He added: ‘Whilst on duty, it allowed toxic hatred and ethnic cleansing to be deployed at will by the Myanmar regime and its supporters within its extremist hate speech chat forums.’

A claim was also filed at the Northern District Court of California in San Francisco on behalf of Rohingya refugees based in the US.

The American claim accused Facebook of being ‘willing to trade the lives of the Rohingya people for better market penetration in a small country’.

The document added: ‘It has had blinders on to any real calculation of the benefits to itself compared to the negative impacts it has on anyone else.

‘Facebook is like a robot programed with a singular mission: to grow.

‘And the undeniable reality is that Facebook’s growth, fueled by hate, division, and misinformation, has left hundreds of thousands of devastated Rohingya lives in its wake.’

Tun Khin, president of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK, said: ‘This powerful global company must be held to account for its role in permitting the spread of hateful anti-Rohingya propaganda which directly led to unspeakable violence.’

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Nollywood Actress Mercy Aigbe Accused Of Breaking A Home After Wife Of New Man She Showed Off Speaks Out

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Nollywood actress Mercy Aigbe is in a bit of a quagmire after the man she showed off as her potential suitor had his wife speaking and calling her out for snatching her man.

Funsho Adeoti, the wife of movie marketer Kazim Adeoti, has reacted to actress Mercy Aigbe’s public display of Kazim as her new man.

Mercy had posted a series of photos of herself and Kazim on Instagram. She also insinuated that they are married.

Mercy was called out for this by a number of Nigerians, who accused her of breaking a home into parts.

Lanre Gentry, Mercy Aigbe’s ex-husband, also reacted by sharing a throwback photo of him and Mercy posing with Kazim Adeoti and his wife Funsho Adeoti when they were still married.

Nollywood actress Mercy Aigbe accused of breaking a home after wife of new man she showed off speaks out 

“At long last, I thank God, the truth is out, this is just one out of many, to God be the glory,” Lanre wrote in the caption. “I don’t need anyone’s comments please.”

Funsho Adeoti has now responded.

She posted a photo of herself and her children with a popular quote that reads, “Losing someone who does not respect or appreciate you is actually a gain, not a loss… thank you all.”

Nollywood actress Mercy Aigbe accused of breaking a home after wife of new man she showed off speaks out 

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Nigerian Actress Stella Damasus Loses Mum

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Popular Stella Damasus, a Nigerian actress, has lost her mother.

On Monday, January 24, 2021, the 43-year-old Nollywood diva announced the heartbreaking news with her over 1 million Instagram followers.

Stella did not reveal the circumstances surrounding her mother’s death.

Sharing a picture of her mother she took to the caption section to write: “This is not goodbye. It’s till we meet again. Love you forever mummy.”

This tragic news comes after Stella celebrated the 11th anniversary of her father’s death in January 2021.

Shortly after the announcement, Stella’s colleagues in the entertainment industry have thronged to her page to share consolation messages with the grieving actress.

The actress was born on April 24, 1978. Asides from acting, she is also a singer. She was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2009.

She won the Award for Best Actress at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards in 2007. In 2012, she won the award for Best Actress for the movie Two Brides and a Baby at the Golden Icons Academy Awards in Houston, Texas.

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I’ve Dated Billionaires My Entire Adult Life : Julia Fox Shut Down Rumors Of Her Dating Kanye West For Clout

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Julia Fox is clearing the air about her relationship with Kanye West, stating that she is not with him for the clout or money.

On the most recent episode of her Forbidden Fruits podcast, the American actress denied dating Kanye West for “celebrity,” “clout,” and “money.”

“It’s strange because I’m receiving all of this attention, but I couldn’t care less,” Fox said.

“People say, ‘Oh, you’re only in it for the fame, you’re only in it for the clout, you’re only in it for the money.’ Let’s keep things real, honey, I’ve dated billionaires my entire adult life.”

The actress added, “When I was younger, I was such an attention seeker. I mean like ‘climb on top of the bar.’ It was always like ‘eyes on me.’ I had to get on stage at the concert. I had to make everything about me –– every situation about me. And as I got older and did work on myself, now I don’t need it or care for it or think about it. I don’t read any of the headlines or even see [them]. I just don’t really care.”

Fox’s comments come just a few weeks after the Uncut Gems star and the rapper’s relationship was confirmed by Page Six.

“Julia and Ye are dating,” a source told the outlet earlier this month. “They both just got out of their former relationships, and they’ve helped each other recover immensely… They’re kind of kindred spirits, and it’s cool to watch.”

Days after she and Ye were spotted on multiple dates, Fox shed more light on their budding relationship with Interview magazine.

“His energy is so fun to be around,” she said. “He had me and my friends laughing, dancing, and smiling all night. We decided to keep the energy going and fly back to New York City to see Slave Play. Ye’s flight landed at six and the play was at seven and he was there ON TIME. I was impressed. After the play we chose to do dinner at Carbone which is one of my favorite restaurants. Obviously.”

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