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Old 03-13-2018, 11:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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UN investigators criticise Facebook's role in massacre of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

UN: Facebook has turned into a beast in Myanmar - BBC News

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UN investigators have accused Facebook of playing a "determining role" in stirring up hatred against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

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During a press conference the chairman of the mission, Marzuki Darusman, said that social media had "substantively contributed to the level of acrimony" amongst the wider public, against Rohingya Muslims.

"Hate speech is certainly, of course, a part of that," he added.

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

A colleague acknowledged that the service had helped people in the country communicate with each other.

But Yanghee Lee, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, added: "We know that the ultra-nationalist Buddhists have their own Facebooks and are really inciting a lot of violence and a lot of hatred against the Rohingya or other ethnic minorities.

"I'm afraid that Facebook has now turned into a beast, and not what it originally intended."
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Makes you wonder what will happen when Zuckerberg runs for office, and Facebook lets loose their own bots.
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