UK boxer and WBA World light-welterweight champion Amir Khan and his promoter, Frank Warren, plan to sue Facebook for allowing negative groups about the pair.
The boxer, who did not always have a positive lifestyle now plans to launch legal action against the social network for allowing groups such as this I hate Amir Khan group, one of many. UK-Pakistani boxing champion Khan has many opponents and has been the victim of racist and defamatory comments on the social network, comments which were subsequently removed by Facebook. The US company refuses to remove the groups as they are part of free speech.
In the case of Frank Warren, we have removed a number of comments that violate our polices and have taken additional action against some of the users who posted them, including permanently disabling their account. However, the general groups remain as they are discussing people who are already in the public spotlight. We believe our users should be allowed to voice opinions on public individuals but we will continue to remove comments that express hate
The duo, Khan and Warren, want to enforce Facebook to react faster on flagged comments and went as far as to say that the network has become a breeding ground for far-right extremists and racists. They hope to force Facebook to change its policy and take responsibility for the content added to Facebook.
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