UN Finds Facebook Partly to Blame for Fueling Myanmar Genocide

UN investigator blames Facebook for spreading hate against Rohingyas

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

"This casts further doubt on the sincerity of Myanmar regarding repatriating the Rohingya from Bangladesh", she said.

Facebook has said there is "no place for hate speech" on its platform.

"We are not denying rights violations but we are asking for strong, fact-based, and trustworthy evidence on the allegations they are making", Myanmar government spokesman Zaw Htay told the AP.

His remarks come a day after United Nations special rapporteur to Myanmar Yanghee Lee warned the violence against the Rohingya bears "the hallmarks of genocide".

About 700,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since Myanmar's military launched an operation in August against "insurgents" in Rakhine state.

The body said that social media had played a "determining role" in Myanmar by serving hate speech, reportedReuters.

"Everything is done through Facebook in Myanmar", she told reporters, adding that Facebook had helped the impoverished country but had also been used to spread hate speech.

Karti Chidambaram remanded in 13-day judicial custody in Inx Media case
The Court agreed to Karti's demand for medicines and spectacle but rejected his demand to provide him with home cook food. It later revised the figure to $1 million (about Rs 6.50 crore at the current exchange rate and Rs 4.50 crore in 2007).

"All the information I have received indicates that the intent of the perpetrators was to cleanse northern Rakhine state of their existence, possibly even to destroy the Rohingya as such, which, if proven, would constitute the crime of genocide", he said.

The UN's Fact-finding Mission on Myanmar announced the interim findings of its investigation on Monday.

Delivering her report to thecCouncil in Geneva, Lee said that to date accountability for the crimes committed in Rakhine state following 25 August 2017, and 9 October 2016, was elusive, adding that this must now be the focus of the worldwide community's efforts to bring long-lasting peace, stability and democratisation to Myanmar.

Wirathu, a prominent face of Myanmar's Buddhist ultra-nationalist movement, had amassed hundreds of thousands of followers on the network, using it as a platform to attack Muslims, singling out the stateless Rohingya minority.

The special rapporteur said she hoped to make official visits to India and China as part of her preparation to report to the General Assembly later this year, and said she remained hopeful the Myanmar government would revisit its decision and grant her access.

"This must be aimed at the individuals who gave the orders and carried out violations against individuals and entire ethnic and religious groups", said Lee.

While Lee expressed hope that de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi would eventually put a stop to the campaign of violence, she also said the government leadership who did not intervene must also be held accountable.

Though Facebook has yet to comment on UN's recent statement, the social media giant has previously admitted that it faces difficulty in tackling hate speech.

Related News:

  • PM salutes CRPF men killed in Sukma blast

    PM salutes CRPF men killed in Sukma blast

    Meanwhile, Union Home minister Rajnath Singh condemned the attack and described the incident as "deeply distressing". Maoist rebels killed twelve paramilitary commandos in Chhattisgarh's Sukma after ambushing their convoy.
    Where Conor Lamb, Rick Saccone Stand On The Issues

    Where Conor Lamb, Rick Saccone Stand On The Issues

    Chris Christie told ABC News the election was not "really a referendum on Donald Trump " but "a referendum on Rick Saccone". Yet Saccone struggled to raise money and stir the same passions that helped Trump on his way to the White House.
    Khloé Kardashian Went All Out With Her All Pink Baby Shower

    Khloé Kardashian Went All Out With Her All Pink Baby Shower

    Khloe recently shared a video via her Snapchat showing fans what her team at Good American had made for her and her baby girl. Despite being "convinced" she was having a boy, sister Kylie Jenner totally blew Kardashian's mind with the gender reveal .
  • Palestinian PM Hamdallah survives Gaza bomb attack

    Palestinian PM Hamdallah survives Gaza bomb attack

    Footage of the area shortly after the blast indicated that the bomb was small but it appeared timed to hit Mr Hamdallah's convoy. The Prime Minister was not hurt in the incident in the Gaza Strip, which he rarely visits, according to The Independent .
    Guide: Fortnite: Battle Royale PS4 - How to Play for Free

    Guide: Fortnite: Battle Royale PS4 - How to Play for Free

    Though the partnership with Epic allows to cross-play between PS4, PC, and Mobile it is not possible to cross-play with Xbox One. One important thing to note is that, despite the all-encompassing cross-play, an Xbox One vs PS4 cross-play is not happening .

    Mourinho happy with 'controlled' Manchester United performance vs Liverpool

    Lingard said: "He has got good people around him, and they always assure him he is in a good place at the moment". Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? GETTYJesse Lingard has a tactic to keep Marcus Rashford in form.
  • UEFA Champions League Report: Manchester United v Sevilla 13 March 2018

    UEFA Champions League Report: Manchester United v Sevilla 13 March 2018

    Manchester United were limited to just two attempts on target in the first half as Sevilla dominated the period of the encounter. The trio will be depended on for goals, after struggling to generate scoring chances in the first leg.
    Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick to retire at end of the season

    Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick to retire at end of the season

    On Tuesday, the Sevilla boss will only be without three first-team players in the worst case scenarios. The injury? It was contact with a player in the last minute of the training session [on Friday].
    House Intel Panel Will Announce End Of Russia Probe Interviews Monday

    House Intel Panel Will Announce End Of Russia Probe Interviews Monday

    The House Intelligence Committee has finished all of its interviews in its congressional Russian Federation investigation. The agencies have repeatedly asserted support for those findings, even as Trump's appointees took the helm.
  • Fitbit Doubles Down on Smartwatches With Versa

    Fitbit Doubles Down on Smartwatches With Versa

    More importantly, it is also missing Fitbit Pay, which is not widely available yet in any case, but maybe more felt in the future. The trackers also allow users to monitor their sleep habits, and women can follow their menstrual cycles using the devices.
    Shoe memorial represents thousands of victims of United States  gun violence

    Shoe memorial represents thousands of victims of United States gun violence

    But he has grown cautiously optimistic about the prospects for change because of the new student involvement. Between the Sandy Hook massacre and the US Capitol protest, about five years and three months have passed.
    Netflix pays its queen less than her consort on 'The Crown'

    Netflix pays its queen less than her consort on 'The Crown'

    Claire Foy , who played the monarch in the first two seasons of The Crown , was not paid equally to her co-star Matt Smith . The Crown is one of the most expensive television shows ever produced, costing a reported $130 million for the first season.

Most liked

Trump replaces Tillerson with Pompeo in dramatic shakeup
Mr Tillerson continued to insist his relationship with the president was solid and brushed off rumours of strain between them. Tillerson's nomination as head of the State Department passed a Senate panel by a 11-10 party line vote January 23.

WR Robinson to ink 3-year deal with Bears
Former Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson will be suiting up with a new National Football League team next season. Robinson, who the Jaguars drafted in 2014, has 202 catches for 2,848 yards and 22 touchdowns in 43 games.

Trump heads to California with tough message on immigration
Trump went on to tout his long-promised border wall, hours after he toured prototypes in Otay Mesa. And Mexico repeatedly replied that the USA wouldn't get one dime for the president's wall.

Tributes paid to Sir Ken Dodd by boss of Carlisle's Sands Centre
It was the third biggest-selling single of the decade, and remains one of the UK's best-selling singles of all time. Sweeney added that his wife Anne was a huge support to him. "She was always there, she's a wonderful lady".

Bills' franchise quarterback dreams apparent after trade to pick No. 12
The Bills also have the No. 22 pick, acquired previous year from the Chiefs when Kansas City traded up to select Patrick Mahomes. This allows the Bills to clear anywhere from four to six million dollars off their cap for 2018.

Fake news 'travels faster', study finds
In general, the researchers found that the misinformation spread faster because it was more fanciful and outrageous. When they looked at who was spreading the wrong stuff, they found it was ordinary users of social media.

Drew Brees is now officially available
However a risky situation could be evolving if the Vikings make an offer that blows the Saints' stance out the water. New Orleans Saints right tackle Zach Strief announced his retirement on Monday after 12 seasons with the franchise.

Microsoft won't be preinstalling apps on the Galaxy S9
However, a smartphone with such premium build is hard to maintain and the Galaxy S9 like its predecessors is no exception. Samsung sold out 41 Million units of their Samsung Galaxy S8 phones including the S8 Plus edition in the previous year .

In Our Opinion: Trump must be careful in trade disputes
The bloc says that it's a close ally of the USA and therefore any import levies on national security grounds are unjustified. China's Commerce Ministry criticized Trump for acting unilaterally rather than working through the World Trade Organization.

Mars Rocket Will Fly Short Flights in 2019: Elon Musk
"I think we will be able to do short flights, short up and down flights, probably in the first half of next year ". In 2017, SpaceX successfully achieved the first reflight of an orbital class rocket.

Ireland leapfrog England to second place in latest world rankings
He's a guy that asks you to pay attention to everything you do and make sure you're fully prepared for the game. One more defeat would equal the longest losing run in the Five or Six Nations ( France - L17, 1911-1920).

49ers CB Richard Sherman defends self-negotiated contract, changing teams
You can count Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas among the people who thought that Sherman negotiated a awful deal for himself. With all of this considered, Sherman said playing his former team at least twice per year factored into his decision.

Pogba misses United's pre-Sevilla training
Klopp said he was pleased with his side's reaction after they were 2-0 behind after only 24 minutes. That means nothing in football now, we have to prove [ourselves] every day.

Apple buys Texture magazine app partly owned by Rogers Media
They had better be thinking bigger if they'd like to complete with market giants Amazon, Netflix and Stan however. Alternatively, Texture may eventually benefit from the suggestion algorithms Apple's already developed for News .

Horse race bet with William Hill
How to place a bet To place your wager/bet, all you need is to provide the appropriate information to the ticket writer. Simply you just have to pay £1horse bet and you can easily watch the live horse racing broadcast on your device.