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Rohingyas accuse Facebook of promoting Myanmar army campaign

A Rohingya rights group demanded to Facebook to stop the Myanmar’s military from using its platform to recruit members on Saturday.

In a lette to Facebook, the rights group also urged social media giant to stop Myanmar’s military from promoting its businesses on the site — profits from which help fund genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, Anadolu Agency reported.

“Donald Trump has been suspended for inciting violence, but the Burmese military commit violence against civilians every day and are free to use Facebook to recruit soldiers to commit that violence,” Mark Farmaner, Director of Burma Campaign UK told media.

“Military owned companies are allowed to use Facebook to promote products, the profits from which fund the military and help fund violations of international law, including genocide of the Rohingya,” he added.

Though Facebook has removed some military pages, including Min Aung Hlaing, the head of the military, several military Facebook pages still exist, including some with an official blue tick, according to Burma Campaign UK.

Rohingya rights group also asked Facebook to ensure the pages are not used for recruitment.

“Facebook appears to have double standards. If you incite violence in America you get banned from Facebook, but if you recruit people to commit violence in Burma you still get an official Facebook blue tick,” Farmaner said.


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