Aug 15, 2018

Myanmar Rohingya: Facebook 'still hosts hate speech'

More than 1,000 anti-Rohingya posts featuring calls for their murder among other hate speech were live on Facebook last week, according to Reuters. In a statement, Facebook acknowledged that it had originally been slow to spot the problem of hate speech spreading "In countries like Myanmar, where many people are using the internet for the first time". In March, UN investigators said that the use of Facebook had played a "Determining role" in stirring up hatred against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Working with civil society in Myanmar to identify specific hate figures. When the UK's Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport conducted its own inquiry into fake news, it was not impressed with the answers from Facebook's chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer about efforts to tackle hate speech in Myanmar.

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