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Thu Feb 4, 2021, 09:17 PM

Myanmar coup: How Facebook became the 'digital tea shop'

Myanmar coup: How Facebook became the 'digital tea shop'

By Saira Asher
BBC News

It is widely said that, in Myanmar, Facebook is the internet, so when the military asked for it to be blocked for the sake of "stability" it sent a shockwave through the country.

As Myanmar's military seized control in a coup on 1 February, many Burmese watched events unfold on Facebook in real-time. It's the primary source of information and news, where businesses operate and how authorities disseminate vital information.

Its ubiquity has meant it plays an outsized role in what information is amplified and its real-world impact.

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The company admitted it had failed to prevent its platform being used to "incite offline violence" in Myanmar.


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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-55929654

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Response to luv2fly (Original post)

Thu Feb 4, 2021, 10:31 PM

1. Gee, this sounds familiar.

UN human rights investigators have since concluded that hate speech on Facebook played a key role in fomenting violence in Myanmar. The company admitted it had failed to prevent its platform being used to "incite offline violence" in Myanmar.

"Facebook was complicit in a genocide. There were already signs and strong calls for Facebook to handle the incitement of violence on the platform but their inaction really contributed to the fanning of violence in Myanmar," says Rin Fujimatsu from research and advocacy group Progressive Voice.


Facebook admits it was used to 'incite offline violence' in Myanmar NOV 2018
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46105934

After five decades of stale state propaganda, along came a feast of colourful, interactive news. But as UN human rights experts found, ultra-nationalist Buddhists seized on Facebook as a powerful means of inciting violence against Muslims.

One frightening example came back in 2014 when a fake online story about a Muslim man who'd apparently raped a Buddhist woman sparked deadly clashes in the second city of Mandalay.

Facebook has since admitted it didn't do more to stem a torrents of racist posts over the years that followed.

In August this year, the same UN experts concluded the inflammatory material Burmese people had been exposed to day in, day out had played a role in enabling the military's purge of Rohingya Muslims from Rakhine state - an attack which the UN believes was genocide.


Facebook is well aware that they are a platform used for spreading misinformation and fomenting violence, but they ignore the problem until forced to face it, and then they just can't seem to tackle the problem effectively. How much effort does Facebook really expend on policing hate and lies? Obviously not nearly enough.

Much more at both articles.

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Response to luv2fly (Original post)

Thu Feb 4, 2021, 10:57 PM

2. Don't think for a minute that it can't happen here.

Make no mistake. The rhetoric is getting louder. The insults and self victimization coming from Fox News and the AM radio and podcast sphere are getting worse and way more toxic.

The Proud Boys and Oath Keepers are mobilizing and militarizing, and if Trump isn't stopped in the impeachment trial and runs again, he would have his own private army. That's a scary thought.

We may laugh at how ridiculous Q Anon and their fantasies of martial law and military tribunals are. But we are getting a real life preview of what could happen right now in Myanmar.

Don't think for a minute that it can't happen here. Because by the time you do it will be too late.

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