Facebook said Tuesday it is "seriously" fighting hate speech in Myanmar, following blistering criticism from United Nations officials who said the platform had morphed into a "beast" that helps spread vitriol against Rohingya Muslims.
Adama Dieng recently visited Bangladesh to assess the situation of the Rohingyas and said Tuesday that what he heard and witnessed "is a human tragedy with the fingerprints of the Myanmar government and of the global community". Some 700,000 have been forced out of the country in the past seven months.
Lee said that Facebook was used as the toll by the state government to disseminate information to the public.
Wirathu, a prominent face of Myanmar's Buddhist ultra-nationalist movement, had amassed hundreds of thousands of followers on the network, using it as a platform to attack Muslims, singling out the stateless Rohingya minority.
To date, more than 650,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar's Rakhine state into Bangladesh, with many refugees providing testimonies of executions and rapes by Myanmar's security forces.
Marzuki Darusman, chairman of the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar said that social media, particularly Facebook, had played a "determining role" in Myanmar.
"Everything is done through Facebook in Myanmar", The Guardianquotedher as saying.
"I'm afraid that Facebook has now turned into a beast, and not what it originally intended", she said. At the end of February, Facebook removed the page of Myanmar monk Wirathu.
In late January Facebook removed the page of popular anti-Rohingya monk Wirathu, and a year ago it regulated the use of the word "kalar" which is considered derogatory against Muslims. The fact-finding mission is investigating whether the violence in Myanmar falls under genocide.
In the past, Al Jazeera had highlighted how Facebook was used to amplify hate speech against Rohingya Muslims, while previous year, Daily Beast reported that activists documenting the alleged ethnic cleansing in Myanmar were silenced by Facebook, as their postings were removed and their accounts suspended.
The government ordered internet and mobile service providers to temporarily block Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, as well as messaging service Viber, after officials said these platforms were fueling online hate speech.
"We work with local communities and NGOs to increase awareness of our policies and reporting process, and are always looking for ways to improve people's experience on Facebook", the spokesperson said.