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Myanmar Rohingya: Why Facebook banned an army chief

A number of high-profile army figures in Myanmar, including the army chief, no longer have Facebook accounts.
Facebook cancelled their accounts after a UN report called for several leaders to be investigated and prosecuted for genocide over their role in violence against the Rohingya minority and others.
It’s the first time Facebook has banned any country’s military or political leader.
In all, Facebook has removed 18 accounts linked to Myanmar and 52 Facebook pages. One account on Instagram, which Facebook owns, was also closed.
Between them they were followed by almost 12 million people.
Facebook is one of the biggest social media platforms in Myanmar (also called Burma), with more than 18 million users.
The UN report said that for most users in Myanmar “Facebook is the internet” but that it had become a “useful instrument for those seeking to spread hate”.
What was in the UN report?
Its wording was the strongest UN condemnation so far of the military’s operations against the Rohingya.
The military launched a crackdown in Rakhine state last year after Rohingya militants carried out deadly attacks on police posts.
Thousands of people have died and more than 700,000 Rohingya have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh. There are also widespread allegations of human rights abuses, including arbitrary killing, rape and burning of land.
The report named six senior military figures, including Myanmar’s top commander Min Aung Hlaing, who it said should be investigated for genocide, and called for the case to be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The report had begun its investigations months before the latest crisis, which it said had been “a catastrophe looming for decades”.
Who are the Rohingya and why are they so hated?

Source: BBC

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