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, along with the Ta’ang National Liberation Army. Facebook said which all “praise, support, along with representation” related to these groups will also be removed via the platform as soon as the company becomes aware of which.

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 which the company’s ban on these groups on Tuesday was in response to an uptick of violence associated with them along with was not a response to requests via Myanmar’s government.

“There will be clear evidence which these organizations have been responsible for attacks against civilians along with have engaged in violence in Myanmar, along with 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 began using the social network after the country opened up partially in 2015 by holding elections after years of military rule.

however the social network has been accused of fueling ethnic violence against Rohingya Muslims, a religious minority inside country, by failing to crack down on hate speech along with misinformation on its platform.

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

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

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