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 the world for the people of Burma, disinformation campaigns and inflammatory speech has also been able to spread unchecked. The social media giant has come under intense criticism for failing to curb the vitriolic, anti-Rohingya propaganda that has circulated on the platform, especially in recent months during the violent crackdown in Rakhine State. ... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Burma’s Bin Laden and the spread of anti-Muslim hate speech, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you
Published By: ASIAN CORRESPONDENT - Thursday, 1 March, 2018
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