Facebook Blamed By U.N. Investigators For Spreading Hate Speech In "Possible Genocide"

U.N. human rights experts investigating a "possible genocide" in Myanmar are blaming Facebook for their role in "spreading hate speech." The criticism, levied on Monday, is a fairly transparent example of the ongoing push to force social media platforms to monitor and regulate opinions deemed unfavorable or controversial (prior to the 2020 U.S. election, we assume, which Putin and Russian spies have surely hacked already).

Facebook did not immediately respond to the criticism, however the company has previously said it has made efforts to remove hate speech in Myanmar and block people who have consistently shared such content. 

More than 650,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state into Bangladesh since insurgent attacks sparked a security crackdown last August. Many have provided harrowing testimonies of executions and rapes by Myanmar security forces.

The U.N. human rights chief said last week he strongly suspected acts of genocide had taken place. Myanmar’s national security adviser demanded “clear evidence”. -Reuters

Lawyer and former Attorney General of Indonesia, Marzuki Darusman - who chairs the U.N. Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, says that social media had played a "determining role" in Myanmar.

“It has ... substantively contributed to the level of acrimony and dissension and conflict, if you will, within the public. Hate speech is certainly of course a part of that. As far as the Myanmar situation is concerned, social media is Facebook, and Facebook is social media,” he said. 

It should be noted that Darusman came under fire in 2011 over a "discredited" report claiming that more than 40,000 civilians were killed in crossfire between Sri Lankan authorities and the Tamil Tiger rebels - with the Sri Lankan government calling the report "erroneous and replete with conjecture and bias." 

The Darusman Report’s assertion that ‘a range of up to 40,000’ civilian deaths during the last phase of the war ‘cannot be ruled out,’ was reported in the media as if it was a factual statement that 40,000 civilians died. Some reports went further citing this ‘UN Report’ as having found that ‘over 40,000’ had been killed. -Daily Mirror

Facebook was a large part of public, private and civil life in Myanmar - used by the government to disseminate information to the public.

“Everything is done through Facebook in Myanmar,” says U.N. Myanmar investigator Yanghee Lee, nothing that while Facebook had helped the impoverished country, it had also been used to spread hate speech. 

“It was used to convey public messages but we know that the ultra-nationalist Buddhists have their own Facebooks and are really inciting a lot of violence and a lot of hatred against the Rohingya or other ethnic minorities,” she said.  “I’m afraid that Facebook has now turned into a beast, and not what it originally intended.”

A prominent critic of Islam, Myanmar monk named Wirathu emerged from a one-year preaching ban on Saturday and claimed that his anti-Muslim sentiment had nothing to do with violence in Rakhine state. 

Facebook says it suspends and will sometimes remove any user "consistently shares content promoting hate," when asked last month about Wirathu's account. 

“If a person consistently shares content promoting hate, we may take a range of actions such as temporarily suspending their ability to post and ultimately, removal of their account.”

(*cough* especially before the 2020 U.S. election *cough* as deemed by the hyper-liberal Facebook thought police at the ADL


Fascal Rascal … Tue, 03/13/2018 - 22:41 Permalink

Fuck putin and facebook.

aren’t they both up for re-election?

striking similarities...

-kill dissent.

-you will be ruled by force.

-pay up or you’re gone.

-privacy is not your right.

Destroy your communities...!

vote putin and facebook!


suck my hairy American balls you faggot progressive socialist communist marxist antifa blm anti-American ZH dooooshbags!

The First Rule tmosley Tue, 03/13/2018 - 23:25 Permalink

The problem is:  What Liberals consider "hate", is anything they don't agree with.


99% of the time there is nothing hate about it; the Liberals just get their panties in a wad over some conservative or independent telling the truth.


Always Remember - Truth to a Liberal, is about as welcome as Light to a Vampire.


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OverTheHedge Fascal Rascal … Wed, 03/14/2018 - 00:51 Permalink

You had that comment all types up and waiting for the right article, didn't you? Being first is always suspicious : being first AND reactionary just makes you look like you need a real job, instead of this sad, pathetic cubicle dwarf existence you seem to be suffering. Get out, smell the flowers, get laid. Anything to get away from the bitter tedium of posting propaganda shift after shift, just to eke out the end of your service. I suppose they promised you a medal?

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besnook bluskyes Tue, 03/13/2018 - 23:10 Permalink

yes. think about it. social media is just a very sophisticated communication device, a super telephone. there was never any question about privacy with a simple phone why should there be any question just because the method of phoning (or, for that matter, writing a letter) is different. it is still a phone that you wish to have a private conversation on and you should have the right to under the constitution and telephone privacy rulings.

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OverTheHedge besnook Wed, 03/14/2018 - 00:57 Permalink

Why are the hardware manufacturers not getting blamed? Their kit is running Facebook - you can't have hatespeech without a screen to swipe, now can you? 

This is beyond stupid: blame the messenger, not the message. I know we all hate Facebook, but does Facebook post racist messages, or do people post racist messages? Do guns kill people, or do people kill people?

Personally, I think all Apple products should be banned immediately. Just because.

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GeezerGeek besnook Tue, 03/13/2018 - 23:10 Permalink

The whole concept of a private business being considered a public accommodation is repulsive. The Feds should only be regulating interstate commerce - goods and data flowing across state borders. Facebook sends data across state lines and could be regulated on that basis.

The Constitution really does not address this sort of business and the discriminatory practices it uses. I'm torn between my disgust with Farcebook and my desire for adhering to the Constitution.

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Conscious Reviver GeezerGeek Wed, 03/14/2018 - 01:49 Permalink

GG - we don't have free markets. We have extensive government meddling for example. If we had a Consitutional government, we would not have The Fed and we would not have this meddling.

Kroney Capitalism is the corrupt issue that arises from government meddling. So for example, the Feds started Google and Facebook and many other enities. Support from the Feds for the Feds chosen winners makes significant barriers to entry to competing entrepreneurs. In short, the unconstitutional meddling by the Feds is the problem, not a flaw of omission in the Constitution. 

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Umh Tue, 03/13/2018 - 22:55 Permalink

People are much more vulnerable than they think they are online. The psychopaths have access to a much larger audience now than they ever did before.

Jack's Raging … Tue, 03/13/2018 - 23:06 Permalink

This absurd assertion of Facebook's culpability isn't about score points with the Myanmar cause. It's about attempting to falsely establish precedent where Facebook can be held liable for user content, providing the context for Facebook to clamp down on everything that isn't Deep State approved.

Van Halen Tue, 03/13/2018 - 23:18 Permalink

“I’m afraid that Facebook has now turned into a beast, and not what it originally intended.”

No... That's EXACTLY what it originally intended.

TheEndIsNear Wed, 03/14/2018 - 00:54 Permalink

Actually membership in Farcebook is a good way to tell idiots from people with a functioning brain. Anyone who references their Farcebook page or suggests I visit it is automatically placed on my quarantine list.