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UN says Facebook is accelerating ethnic violence in Myanmar

“But as uptake ballooned, human rights groups sounded alarms over how Facebook is being used to spread hate speech and stoke ethnic violence” writes Minutes Ago Frederic for The United Nations has warned that Facebook’s platform is contributing to the spread of hate speech and ethnic violence in crisis hit Myanmar.Yesterday, chairman of the mission, Marzuki Darusman, told reporters that the social media platform had played a “determining role” in Myanmar’s crisis (via Reuters).Update: A Facebook spokesperson has now provided the following statement: There is no place for hate speech or content that promotes violence on Facebook, and we work hard to keep it off our platform.India has also struggled for years with false information being spread by social media platforms like WhatsApp then triggering riots, communal violence and even leading to deaths.

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