In an interview with Vox’s Ezra Klein, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressed Facebook’s role in fueling and inciting anti-Muslim and anti-Rohingya sentiment. “The Burma issues have, I think, gotten a lot of focus inside the company,” Zuckerberg said. “And they’re real issues and we take this really seriously.”
He acknowledged that false stories have turned into tools of political warfare — most notably in Burma, where government forces have carried out a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya, the country’s Muslim minority group.
Facebook’s role in the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya has been publicly known since at least March when UN investigators told the UN Human Rights Council how the social media network was being used as a vehicle to spread hate speech.
Recently, the UN-based human rights organization Amnesty International investigated the significant role of Facebook in the slaughter of Rohingyas in Burma.