Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Facebook is a "beast" of dissension and conflict

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Marzuki Darusman, chairman of the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, told reporters that Facebook in particular had played a "determining role" in Myanmar.

The Fact-Finding Mission said it found evidence of human rights violations against the Kachin, Shan and Rohingya minorities "in all likelihood amounting to crimes under worldwide law".

Over 671,000 members of the Muslim Rohingya minority have fled Myanmar's western Rakhine state for neighboring Bangladesh since August 25, many bearing tales of atrocities committed by Myanmar's military, including executions, gang rapes, and the razing of homes and villages. "As far as the Myanmar situation is concerned, social media is Facebook, and Facebook is social media", he said as quoted by Reuters news agency.

"Everything is done through Facebook in Myanmar", she said at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, reported ABC Online.

"Despite the numerous warnings I have made of the risk of atrocity crimes, the global 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.

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Wirathu, a prominent face of Myanmar's Buddhist ultra-nationalist movement, had amassed hundreds of thousands of followers on the network, using it as a platform to attack Muslims, singling out the stateless Rohingya minority.

Facebook has always been criticised for its role in the Rohingya crisis, an assessment now underscored by comments by United Nations investigators.

A Facebook spokesperson told Mashable it has "clear rules" against hate speech and the incitement of violence, and that the company works hard to keep it off the platform.

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

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

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