United Nations blames hate posts on Facebook for Rohingya crisis

Lester Mason
March 13, 2018

United Nations investigators probing a possible genocide in Myanmar on Tuesday blamed social media giant Facebook for spreading hate speech that led to violence against the Rohingyas.

"It [hate speech] has ... substantively contributed to the level of acrimony and dissension and conflict, if you will, within the public", said Darusman, according to The Guardian. "As far as the Myanmar situation is concerned, social media is Facebook, and Facebook is social media", Reutersquoted him saying.

The three-member probe, which was established last March to investigate allegations of human rights abuses against ethnic minorities in Myanmar's Rakhine, Shan, and Kachin States, has conducted hundreds of interviews with refugees in Bangladesh, Thailand, and Malaysia that yielded "hundreds of credible accounts of the most harrowing nature", Darusman told the Human Rights Council on Monday.

"The scorched earth campaign carried out by the Myanmar security forces since August 2017 against the Rohingya population was predictable and preventable", he said in a statement.

"Despite the numerous warnings I have made of the risk of atrocity crimes, the worldwide community has buried its head in the sand", he said adding, this has cost the Rohingya population of Myanmar their lives, their dignity and their homes.

Facebook did not immediately comment on the fresh charges.

"I'm afraid that Facebook has now turned into a beast", Lee told reporters.

Facebook which boasts two billion users reportedly removed about 66,000 posts a week a year ago, which it deemed offensive and incites hate.

Facebook suspends and sometimes removes anyone that "consistently shares content promoting hate", the company said last month in response to a question about Wirathu's account.

Last week, Sri Lanka barred social messaging networks, including Facebook, following violence against minority Muslims in Kandy district.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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