Recently, Facebook made several effective efforts and took great actions and decisions focusing on using the Facebook platform in Myanmar, in order to prevent abuse and stop the spread of hate and false information on Facebook. Through investing heavily in artificial intelligence that enables to proactively flag posts that break Facebook rules.
Additionally, Facebook is also working with a network of independent organizations to identify false news that can be used to incite violence, in order to take down content in Myanmar that they’ve flagged.
Also, Facebook made Partnerships and Programs with a set of the civil society organizations to learn which has a strong grasp of these issues and give the Facebook team the help to understand how their policies play out on the ground.
As explained by Facebook:
“We have a responsibility to fight abuse on Facebook. This is especially true in countries like Myanmar where many people are using the internet for the first time and social media can be used to spread hate and fuel tension on the ground.”
As the efforts continue, a few hours ago, Facebook announced on its official blog that they are removing a total of 18 Facebook accounts, one Instagram account and 52 Facebook Pages, followed by almost 12 million people.
It says that its security team is banning 20 individuals and organizations from Facebook in Myanmar — including Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the armed forces, and the military’s Myawady television network.
Depending on a report by the UN Human Rights Council authorized Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, Facebook also removed 46 Pages and 12 accounts, that were reported as individuals and organizations committed or enabled serious human rights abuse in the country. In addition to removing six pages and six accounts from Facebook — and one account from Instagram — which are connected to these individuals and organizations.
In the same context, Facebook published some examples of the abuse content through The Facebook platform in Myanmar, as an evidence, such as the below: