While social media has been weaponised before, Facebook News carries the potential to be a weapon with particularly acute capabilities and range. Not only is Facebook amplifying dangerous content posted by others, but its “curation team” is making fundamental decisions about what news has enough “integrity” to warrant being hand-selected and highlighted for hundreds of millions of people. When these articles are given the extraordinary amplification inherent to Facebook, and are specifically targeted to users receptive to its message, they could play a pivotal role in fuelling atrocities.
Workshop digest: Promoting human rights as an atrocity prevention mechanism: engaging armed and security forces and non-state actors
As part of its efforts to anchor atrocity prevention in International Geneva, GAAMAC co-organized a workshop at the Geneva Peace Week.