Facebook (FB - Free Report) recently announced that it has removed several accounts related to Myanmar military officials, in line with its efforts to curb spread of hate and misinformation on its platform.
This comes after a UN report claimed that several Myanmar military officials, including senior general Min Aung Hlaing, were responsible for carrying out grave human right abuses against the minority Muslim community in the country.
The U.N. authorities have reportedly accused Facebook as it has been used as the key platform for spreading hate and misinformation that triggered riots and abuses, per Reuters.
The social media giant admitted that it was slow to act in preventing the issue.
In this connection, the company announced that it has removed 18 Facebook accounts, 52 Facebook pages and one Instagram account, followed by at least 12 million people.
Additionally, Facebook also removed 46 pages and 12 accounts involved in spreading independent news and opinions supporting Myanmar’s military opinions.
Facebook Faces Flak for Data Privacy Issues
Facebook is under considerable pressure from regulatory bodies for the way it deals with fake news and the manner in which customer data is collected and shared on its platform.
The Russian interference in 2016 U.S. Presidential elections, the Cambridge Analytica scandal that impacted 87 million subscribers, and rapid proliferation of fake news and terrorism related content have severely tarnished Facebook’s image.
Additionally, the social media giant has received warning from the Indonesian government that if any allegations similar to the Cambridge Analytica data breach surface during the upcoming elections, the application will be stopped in the country.
Moreover, Facebook along with Twitter (TWTR - Free Report) and Alphabet’s (GOOGL - Free Report) Google have also come under pressure after influential political campaigns related to Russian and Iranian propaganda were spread on the platforms.
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