Facebook banned Myanmar’s army chief and removed other pages tied to the country’s military on Monday after a UN probe called for him to be prosecuted for genocide over a crackdown on Rohingya Muslims.
“We are banning 20 Burmese individuals and organizations from Facebook - including Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the armed forces,” the social media giant said in a statement on its site.
The statement added that it wants to prevent them from using the service to “further inflame ethnic and religious tensions.
“And we want to prevent them from using our service to further inflame ethnic and religious tensions. This has led us to remove six Pages and six accounts from Facebook – and one account from Instagram – which are connected to these individuals and organizations. We have not found a presence on Facebook or Instagram for all 20 individuals and organizations we are banning,” said the Facebook.
It said the ethnic violence in Myanmar has been truly horrific. Earlier this month, Facebook shared an update on the steps it is taking to prevent the spread of hate and misinformation on Facebook.
Today, Facebook is taking more action in Myanmar, removing a total of 18 Facebook accounts, one Instagram account and 52 Facebook Pages, followed by almost 12 million people.
“We are preserving data, including content, on the accounts and Pages we have removed,” it added.
“We continue to work to prevent the misuse of Facebook in Myanmar – including through the independent human rights impact assessment we commissioned earlier in the year,” said the social media in the statement.
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