Facebook says Human Rights report shows it should do more in Myanmar

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Facebook said a human rights report it commissioned on its presence in Myanmar showed it had not done enough to prevent the social network from being used to incite violence.

“The report concludes that, prior to this year, we weren’t doing enough to help prevent our platform from being used to foment division and incite offline violence,” Alex Warofka, a Facebook product policy manager, wrote in a blog post.

“We agree that we can and should do more.”

The report by San Francisco-based Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) recommended that Facebook more strictly enforce its content policies, increase engagement with both Myanmar officials and civil society groups, and release additional data about its progress in the country.

Activists and human rights groups say Facebook has allowed people to use its platform to incite hatred and violence, particularly against minority groups such as the Rohingya.

In August, Facebook admitted it had been “too slow” to remove anti-Rohingya hate speech, and banned a number of users from the site.

The BSR report also said Facebook must be prepared to handle a likely onslaught of misinformation during Myanmar’s 2020 elections, and new problems related to the growing use of its WhatsApp messaging service in Myanmar.