UN Finds Facebook Partly to Blame for Fueling Myanmar Genocide

UN Finds Facebook Partly to Blame for Fueling Myanmar Genocide

Over 650,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled the country following the murder of their people by Myanmar security forces. The panel has repeatedly been denied visas to visit Myanmar.

Facebook's response: In a statement issued to the BBC, the social network says that there is "no place for hate speech" on its pages, adding that it takes the claims "incredibly seriously" and will "continue to work with local experts to help keep our community safe".

Marzuki Darusman, chairman of the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission in Myanmar told reporters that social media had a "determining role" in spreading hate speech in the country, according to Reuters.

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 global law". United Nations special rapporteur to Myanmar Yanghee Lee suggested that term was not strong enough. "I'm afraid that Facebook has now turned into a beast, and not what it originally intended".

UN Myanmar investigator Yanghee Lee said the government used Facebook to disseminate information to the public.

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He also said Myanmar would no longer cooperate with Lee because she "has made biased, one-sided and unfair accusations against Myanmar".

Calls have been mounting for the creation of a UN-backed investigation to prepare criminal indictments over atrocities committed in Myanmar. Last year, medical humanitarian group Médecins Sans Frontières said that at least 6,700 Rohingya were slain in Rakhine by "the most conservative estimations". "The government leadership who did nothing to intervene, stop, or condemn these acts must also be held accountable".

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.

Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been the target of global vitriol for a perceived failure to stand up for the stateless minority.

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

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