This is after failing to prevent hate speech and misinformation A genocide fuel In Myanmar, Facebook has now said it plans to take active content restraint after a military coup in the country.
In an internal message posted late Monday night and shown by BuzzFeed News, Asia-Pacific Public Policy Director Rafael Frankel told staff that the social network was looking at the “alarming situation” in Myanmar with “deep concern” and spreading misinformation or threatening violence. Has outlined multiple steps to crack down on those who used it.
As part of the move, Facebook has designated Myanmar as a “temporary high-risk location” for two weeks, with the agency removing the country’s content and events that include “any call for arms supplies.” Network The term was applied by Washington DC before the social network after the January uprising in the US capital.
In an effort to protect the integrity of Myanmar’s national elections in November, the social network also said it would protect posts critical of the military and its coup and track reports of pages and accounts being hacked or transferred by the military. .
“Myanmar’s November election was an important moment in the country’s transition to democracy, although it was not without challenges as expressed by international human rights groups,” Frankel wrote. “This turn of events reminds us of the expectations Myanmar had in the past and reminds us of fundamental rights that should never be taken for granted.”
The move comes after Myanmar’s army chief, General Min Aung Hlaing, seized control of the country’s government on Monday and detained its elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other members of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party. Which follows the selection The NLD won the majority of seats In Myanmar’s parliament, military-backed opposition groups have called the results fraudulent and called for a review.
On Tuesday, the U.S. State Department Officially nominated The handover was part of a series of military coups in Myanmar that led to the imposition of financial sanctions.
“After reviewing all the facts, we have assessed that the move by the Burmese army on February 1 formed a military coup after the removal of a properly elected head of government,” a State Department official said in a briefing.
In a statement to BuzzFeed News, Facebook confirmed the veracity of the move described in Frankel’s post and said it would remove content praising or supporting the coup.
“We put human safety first in Myanmar and remove content that violates our rules on violence, hate speech and harmful misinformation,” Frankel said. “This includes the removal of incorrect information representing the results of the November election.”
Facebook is taking action in a country that has previously faced international condemnation for its displacement and genocide of Rohingya Muslims, which began in 2011. In 2018, UN investigators found that senior Myanmar military officials used Facebook, which did not have a content moderator in the country, Increasing fear and spreading hate speech.
“UN investigators have concluded that an independent and thorough investigation is needed into” the real discrimination that Facebook posts and messages have led to. ” Their report.
In Monday’s post, Frankel said the platform is not being used to spread misinformation, incite violence or coordinate damage, to ensure that Facebook has used a number of product interventions in the past in Myanmar and during US elections. “
The agency is working to secure the accounts of staff and journalists to remove content that threatens or calls for violence against “those at risk or who have been arrested,” Frankel wrote. Despite restrictions on the country’s newsletter, the agency will maintain “critical information about what is happening on the ground.”
The work of Facebook is an ongoing endeavor. On Tuesday, following a search of Myanmar’s military television network, it removed a page late Monday night. The Wall Street Journal. Although the company banned a page for the Mayabadi television network in 2018 When doing a crackdown The new page was republished in hundreds of accounts involving Myanmar’s military and received 33,000 likes.
Facebook has often come under fire for facilitating the growth of violent and extremist groups and its ineffectiveness in preventing misinformation. Recently a technology surveillance agency accused the agency of exacerbating this instability as a result of a deadly U.S. coup attempt.
“[Facebook] President Trump spent the last year failing to remove the extremist activities and election-related conspiracy theories involved, which has led to a widening population and a dangerous turnout for many, “the Technology Transparency Project (TTP) said. In a report.
The report found specific threats between pro-Trump and militant groups on Facebook before and after Joe Biden’s election victory in November.