Facebook Has Banned Four Armed Groups via Its Platform In Myanmar

Facebook has banned four insurgent groups who have been fighting against Myanmar’s military via using its platform, according to a company blog post published Tuesday.

The banned groups include the Arakan Army (AA), the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDA), the Kachin Independence Army, as well as the Ta’ang National Liberation Army. Facebook said of which all “praise, support, as well as representation” related to these groups will also be removed via the platform as soon as the company becomes aware of This specific.

The MNDA, for instance, was blamed for at least 30 deaths in 2017 in clashes with Myanmar’s armed forces on the Myanmar–China border. The AA, meanwhile, killed 13 police officers in in an Independence Day attack last month.

A Facebook executive told the Financial Times of which the company’s ban on these groups on Tuesday was in response to an uptick of violence associated with them as well as was not a response to requests via Myanmar’s government.

“There can be clear evidence of which these organizations have been responsible for attacks against civilians as well as have engaged in violence in Myanmar, as well as we want to prevent them via using our services to further inflame tensions on the ground,” Facebook wrote in its recent blog post.

Facebook has 20 million users in Myanmar — nearly all of the country’s internet users — who started off using the social network after the country opened up partially in 2015 by holding elections after years of military rule.

nevertheless the social network has been accused of fueling ethnic violence against Rohingya Muslims, a religious minority from the country, by failing to crack down on hate speech as well as misinformation on its platform.

In August 2018, a BuzzFeed News analysis showed of which lawmakers via Myanmar regularly posted hateful anti-Muslim content on Facebook, including calling for violence. from the same month, the United Nations published a report in which This specific described Facebook as “a useful instrument for those seeking to spread hate” as well as called the company’s response to the problem in Myanmar had been “slow as well as ineffective.”

The UN also called for an independent investigation into the social network. In response, Facebook banned some Burmese officials as well as organizations including the head of Myanmar’s armed forces to stop “the spread of hate as well as misinformation.”

“We recognize of which the sources of ethnic violence in Myanmar are incredibly complex as well as cannot be resolved by a social media company,” said the company in its latest blog post, “nevertheless we also want to do the best we can to limit incitement as well as hate of which furthers an already deadly conflict.”