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Facebook spreading hate speech in Myanmar, says UN

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The (UN) on Tuesday warned that giant Facebook's platform is contributing to the spread of and in a crisis-hit

UN human rights experts investigating a possible genocide in Rakhine state warned that Facebook's platform is being used by ultra-nationalist Buddhists to incite violence and hatred against the Rohingya and other ethnic minorities.

A security crackdown in the country last summer led to around 650,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing into neighboring

Since then there have been multiple reports of state-led violence against the refugees, and the UN has been leading a fact-finding mission in the country.

This remark by the is a black mark against social media, at a time when the technology industry's reputation as an accelerator of false news, is already garnering support.

The government of also sought to block access to and two other of its social services, WhatsApp and Instagram, in an attempt to stem mob violence against its local Muslim minority - citing inflammatory posts, according to

"These platforms are banned because they were spreading hate speeches and amplifying them," a told

Further, speaking to reporters, UN Yanghee Lee, described as a huge part of public, civil and private life in Myanmar, noting it is used by the government to disseminate information to the public.

"Everything is done through in 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," quoted Lee as saying.

"I'm afraid that Facebook has now turned into a beast, and not what it originally intended," she added.

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 23:55 IST