Zuckerberg says Facebook will work harder to block hate speech in Burma

FACEBOOK CEO Mark Zuckerberg told a United States Congressional Hearing on Tuesday that the social media giant would do more to combat hate speech in Burma (Myanmar), amid claims that it did not adequately respond to sharing of anti-Muslim messages on the website. “What’s happening in Myanmar is a terrible tragedy, and we need to do more,” Zuckerberg said during a 5-hour joint hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee, which is investigating Facebook’s role in electoral interference and spreading hate speech. The UN has said more than 671,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Burma’s Rakhine State into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh since Aug 25, 2017 in response to so-called “clearing operations” by Burma’s Tatmadaw army. SEE ALSO: Facebook endorsed ‘questionable’ practices so it could move into China The military and Buddhist vigilantes stand accused of mass killings, rape and arson in Muslim villages – violence that rights groups...


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