Facebook announced that it was removing several Myanmar military officials from its platform to stem the spread of “hate and misinformation”. A United Nations report and pressure from advocacy groups such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch contributed to the decision. U.N. investigators cited Facebook as a useful tool for those seeking to spread hate, in a context where for most users Facebook is the Internet.”
Facebook spokeswoman Ruchika Budhraja said that this was the first time the company has banned a country’s military or political leaders and that these bans cannot be appealed. The US tech giant has also removed dozens of accounts that “used seemingly independent news and opinion pages to covertly push the messages of the Myanmar military” in a campaign.