Facebook ban 18 accounts and 52 pages in Myanmar including Commander-in-Chief: On Monday, Facebook discovered a secret Myanmar military propaganda campaign running on their platform.
They said Myanmar’s armed forces were behind the social media posts that targeting the country’s ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority.
In the discussion with Time, a Facebook representative confirmed that they launched an internal investigation earlier this year. They found dozens of accounts intended to mislead users into thinking that they were independent sources of news while disseminating pro-military propaganda and sometimes false, incendiary content about the Rohingya.
Facebook linked the content to Myanmar’s military, known locally as the Tatmadaw, by examining public data on website registration, shared IP addresses and admins with access to multiple accounts, the representative confirmed.
The company announced Monday that it had banned 18 accounts and 52 pages in Myanmar, including those of senior military figures such as Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing. It came the same day a U.N. fact-finding mission published a damning report calling for six generals to be charged with crimes including genocide over the military’s role in the violent expulsion of the country’s Rohingya population.
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