The Facebook’s official Newsroom web site announced on Monday that it had closed accounts and banned a total of 20 individuals including army chief Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing and organizations in Burma who committed or promoted serious human rights abuses during army crackdown against Rohingya in Arakan state of Burma.
In a statement published on Monday afternoon, the Facebook says it is acting on a recent report by the UN Fact-Finding Mission on Burma that found the Facebook accounts and pages of these individuals and organizations to have directly or indirectly contributed to human rights abuses.
The UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Burma today, stated:
“Myanmar’s top military generals, including Commander-in-Chief Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing, must be investigated and prosecuted for genocide in the north of Rakhine State, as well as for crimes against humanity and war crimes in Rakhine, Kachin and Shan States,”
The initiative to delet the pages also targeted Myanmar military television network- Myawady and Myanmar Daily Star, a mouthpiece for military propaganda, among others. The Facebook page of the Office of the Commander in Chief and the page of the Myawady television network, had a combined total of more than 6 million subscribers.More than 60 other Facebook pages and accounts said to be spreading military viewpoints and untrue information without support of proper, independent research have also been shut down.