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Arrest warrant issued for Myanmar firebrand monk Wirathu

YANGON: Myanmar police issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday (May 28) for an ultra-nationalist monk known as the “Buddhist Bin Laden” for his vitriol against Islam and particularly the Rohingya Muslim community. Wirathu has long been the face of the country’s Buddhist nationalist movement, notorious for espousing hate against the Rohingya minority. A warrant was […]

Facebook News: Update on Myanmar Hate Speech

By Sara Su, Facebook Product Manager, 15 August 2018 We have a responsibility to fight abuse on Facebook. This is especially true in countries like Myanmar where many people are using the internet for the first time and social media can be used to spread hate and fuel tension on the ground. The ethnic violence […]

U.N. rights investigators hit ‘beast’ Facebook’s role in spreading hate speech amid Myanmar crisis

GENEVA – U.N. human rights experts investigating a possible genocide in Myanmar said on Monday that Facebook had played a role in spreading hate speech there. Facebook had no immediate comment on the criticism on Monday, although in the past the company has said that it was working to remove hate speech in Myanmar and […]

Hate speech Myanmar monk banned from sermons by Buddhist council

Wirathu, a monk once dubbed the “face of Buddhist terror”, has led calls for restrictions on Myanmar’s Muslim population, penning hyperbolic speeches warning of an Islamic takeover of the overwhelmingly Buddhist country. Myanmar is gripped by deepening religious tensions that have repeatedly spilled into violence. The unrest has been partially attributed to anti-Muslim rhetoric spread […]