Tuesday, March 13, 2018

UN Investigators Accuse Facebook Of Accelerating The Ethnic Violence In Myanmar

Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee (R) gives her report next to the Chairperson of the Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar Marzuki Darusman, during the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, March 12, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Reuters: U.N. investigators cite Facebook role in Myanmar crisis

GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. human rights experts investigating a possible genocide in Myanmar said on Monday that Facebook had played a role in spreading hate speech there.

Facebook had no immediate comment on the criticism on Monday, although in the past the company has said that it was working to remove hate speech in Myanmar and kick off people who shared such content consistently.

More than 650,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state into Bangladesh since insurgent attacks sparked a security crackdown last August. Many have provided harrowing testimonies of executions and rapes by Myanmar security forces.

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WNU Editor: This is the ugly side of social media, and an excellent example of Facebook failing to monitor its own platform.

More News On UN Investigators Accusing Facebook Of Accelerating The Ethnic Violence In Myanmar

U.N. Fact Finders Say Facebook Played a 'Determining' Role in Violence Against the Rohingya -- Time
Myanmar: UN blames Facebook for spreading hatred of Rohingya -- The Guardian
UN: Facebook has turned into a beast in Myanmar -- BBC
UN ties Facebook to spreading hate in Myanmar crisis -- CNET
Facebook under fire from UN investigators over role in Rohingya crisis -- Mashable
UN says Facebook is accelerating ethnic violence in Myanmar (Tech Dirt)

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