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Burma’s Bin Laden and the spread of anti-Muslim hate speech

THE Facebook account of Burma’s most notorious firebrand Buddhist monk, once deemed “Burmese bin Laden,” was wiped this week for his incendiary posts about Muslims. Ashin Wirathu has for years used his social media platform to disseminate anti-Muslim hate speech, divisive sermons and dangerous rumours about the stateless Rohingya minority. He’s also long been accused of stoking sectarian violence between the country’s Buddhist majority and the small Muslim minority. But while Wirathu may be one of the more widely known anti-Muslim voices on the platform, he is far from the only one. SEE ALSO: Burma is destroying the villages of 90 percent of Rohingya who fled Facebook has become incredibly popular in Burma (Myanmar) since the newly formed government opened up the telecoms sector in 2013, making it easier for people to access the Internet in the Buddhist-majority country. While the proliferation of smartphones and cheap sim cards has opened up...

 

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