The United Nations (UN) has begun investigating a new target in the digital war on hate. Claiming the platform has become a “beast,” the global council suggests the social website had a role and facilitated the espousal of hate speech leading to a “genocide.”
The huge announcement came during the United Nation’s Special Rapporteur on Myanmar. The official declared the Rohingya crisis has the classic signs of a genocide.
Deep inside the Rakhine province, the internet website Facebook was used to troll and bully the Rohingya, a small Muslim community living inside the once isolated nation. More than 650,000 Rohingya have fled to neighboring Bangladesh since August.
While many are accusing the majority Buddhist military of committing rape and extrajudicial executions, representatives demanded that proof be brought forward. While there is a lack of hard evidence to prove a genocide, the United Nations believes there exists plenty of secondary evidence on Facebook.
UN Chairman of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, Marzuki Darusman, did not mention the Reuters journalists who have been detained for weeks. The Chairman told reporters that Facebook within Burma is having an impact on the way people think and behave when it comes to ethnic tensions.
Yanghee Lee, a UN investigator for Myanmar, declared Facebook to be integral to the public and private lives of many people in the burgeoning democracy. Used by the government to relay important information, Facebook has become a huge part of everyday life for the Asian nation.
Lee acknowledged that Facebook has helped the impoverished state in a plethora of areas but, has also led to hateful behavior becoming trendy. Accused of normalizing racism, Facebook is being looked at more seriously by members of the United Nations.
In her declaration, Lee described how ultra-nationalist Buddhists are using the platform to organize and orchestrate violence against ethnic minorities. The social website no longer resembles the original conception and has become a beast that needs to be controlled.
Facebook has made an official response to the United Nations’ accusation. Asserting there is zero tolerance for hate speech on Facebook, the spokesperson reported to BBC.
Facebook has worked closely with the new government of Myanmar for several years. Developing programs and procedures to ensure safety and counter hate mongering, Facebook was the first to admit there is always more to be improved.
Facebook spokespersons suggest they could initiate closer contacts with local leaders and create procedures to monitor community safety.
Facebook has already begun implementing some measure to fight hate speech in the United States. By censoring content from conservative website or shadow-banning right-leaning commentators, Facebook is only one social media platform that is conducting socialist measures and thought control.
Burma was ruled by the Soviet-style Burmese Socialist Programme Party (BSPP) until the violent civil uprising in 1988. Lead by Democratic-Populist Aung San Suu Kyi, the 8888-uprising led to the disbandment of the ruling communist party.
The governing party was abolished in 1990. The State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) was established as an interim government. The SLORC was effectively the same party with a new name.
The nation of Myanmar remained isolated and detached. The military continued operations against the outspoken Buddhist dissidents.
Aung San Suu Kyi remained under house arrest after winning the 1990 presidential elections until 2010. Now 72, Suu Kyi assumed the office of the State Counsellor and Foreign Minister in 2016.
The Burmese Way to Socialism, the economic doctrine of Burma prior to the SLORC, has been defined as a xenophobic and isolationist principle. Installed in 1964, a fear of outsiders and tribalistic tendencies have been festering in the psyche of the people since the Cold War.
With the advent of Facebook, a new medium has been given to people of all ages to express themselves freely without fear of Soviet style thought police.
The Rohingya people are reportedly not entitled to citizenship but are given state IDs instead. The genocide, while being reported on in Rakhine, is being carried out in the states of Shan and Kachin as well.
Suu Kyi is being criticized for not addressing the issue sooner. Spending most of her life fighting for the creation of a national constitution, the Nobel Society has discussed revoking the peace price of the lifelong civil servant.
Because one elderly leader is unable to control Facebook and the exchange of free speech, world leaders are condemning a lady who has lived most of her life under arrest.
The policies Facebook is employing in the United States and around the world are the same strategies the company is using in China and other communist nations. Senior citizens and young activists are sharing ideas and perhaps radicalizing each other in campaigns across the globe.
Robert Mueller’s Special Council has indicted a dozen Russians for trolling people on Facebook during the 2016 election. With these dangers, should kids be allowed on the highly addictive social platform?