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United Nations investigators cite Facebook role in Myanmar crisis

13 March 2018

"As far as the Myanmar situation is concerned, social media is Facebook, and Facebook is social media", Darusman said.

Investigators from the United Nations are now looking into a potential - the investigators recently said they are "becoming more convinced" that a genocide occurred - genocide in Myanmar that happened between October 2016 and August 2017.

A top United Nations rights expert on Monday had warned that the crackdown on Myanmar's Rohingya minority bore "the hallmarks of genocide" and insisted the government should be held accountable.

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh amid a crackdown by Myanmar security forces that began last August after a string of insurgent attacks.

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A human rights investigator has found that social media played a "determining role" in spreading hate speech against the persecuted minorities in Myanmar. "It was used to convey public messages but we know that the ultra-nationalist Buddhists ... are really inciting a lot of violence and a lot of..."

"I'm afraid that Facebook has now turned into a beast, and not what it originally intended".

The United Nations (UN) on Tuesday warned that social media giant Facebook's platform is contributing to the spread of hate speech and ethnic violence in a crisis-hit Myanmar.

"Everything is done through Facebook in Myanmar", Lee told reporters, according to Reuters.

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Calls have been mounting for the creation of a UN-backed investigation to prepare criminal indictments over atrocities committed in Myanmar.

Calls for action have grown louder since the Rohingya crisis erupted previous year, sending some 700,000 of the minority fleeing across the border since August.

"We take this incredibly seriously and have worked with experts in Myanmar for several years to develop safety resources and counter-speech campaigns", the spokesperson said.

The social network offered no immediate comment on the criticism yesterday, although in the past the company has said that it was working to remove hate speech in Myanmar and bar people who indulge in hate speech. Beyond its global effort to bolster its content moderation by hiring more reviewers, it says it routinely removes hate speech content in the country, including Wirathu's account (although this only happened in late February), and that it has developed and promoted localized guidelines for using Facebook.

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"We work with local communities and NGOs to increase awareness of our policies and reporting process, and are always looking for ways to improve people's experience on Facebook", the spokesperson said.

United Nations investigators cite Facebook role in Myanmar crisis