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UN blames Facebook for spreading hate speech against Rohingya

IANS  |  Geneva 

The UN human rights experts have blamed for playing a key role in spreading hate speech against the Rohingya Muslims in

Marzuki Darusman, of the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, said on Monday that the platform had played a "determining role" in

"As far as the situation is concerned, is Facebook, and is social media," Online quoted Darusman as saying.

More than 650,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar's into since insurgent attacks sparked a security crackdown last August.

"(Social media) has ... substantively contributed to the level of acrimony and dissention and conflict, if you will, within the public a Hate speech is certainly of course a part of that," said Darusman.

UN Yanghee Lee said that "everything is done through in Myanmar," adding it has been used to spread hate speech.

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

Lee was speaking at the

Facebook did not immediately comment on the fresh charges.

Lee, who was banned from Myanmar last year after it claimed a previous report by her was biased and unfair, said she had seen evidence that was continuing to target the Rohingya, razing their villages.

Last week, barred social messaging networks, including Facebook, following violence against minority Muslims in district.

The government ordered internet and mobile service providers to temporarily block Facebook, and Instagram, as well as messaging service Viber, after officials said these platforms were fueling



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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 09:48 IST