Facebook is reportedly removing posts and suspending accounts of activists who are documenting the “ethnic cleansing” of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, a US based news website reported.
Rohingya people trying to use social media to share information about the attacks on them said that they have had their posts removed and their accounts shut down, and that they hope Facebook stops silencing them.
According to the news portal ‘The Daily Beast’, the activists said their accounts are frequently being suspended or taken down.
The Myanmar government does not use the term “Rohingya” and does not recognize the people as an official ethnicity, which means they are denied citizenship and effectively rendered stateless.
“We want Facebook to be a place where people can share responsibly and we work hard to strike the right balance between enabling expression while providing a safe and respectful experience,” Facebook spokesperson Ruchika Budhraja told ‘The Daily Beast’ on Wednesday.
“In response to the situation in Myanmar, we are carefully reviewing content against our Community Standards,” Budhraja added.
Rahim, an activist said Facebook has also removed individual posts he put on the site about Rohingya refugees.
“We removed this content because it doesn’t follow the Facebook Community Standards,” read a message from Facebook.
There are several such examples being reported across Myanmar.
Meanwhile, Facebook is currently facing substantial criticism for what appears to be an indifferent attitude toward promoting divisive material.