Even as Myanmar’s military is being accused of engaging in ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslims, social networking website Facebook has termed a Rohingya insurgent group a “dangerous organisation” and instructed moderators to delete any content “by or praising” it.
As reported by The Guardian, Facebook has placed the Myanmar militant outfit the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) on its list of dangerous organisations.
The company’s community standards ban posts by or in support of ‘groups engaged in terrorism, organised violence or crime, mass murder, or organised hate’. The decision, which the company said was made after an internal assessment of the group, came shortly before activists began complaining that the company was censoring posts about the brutal military campaign against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
ARSA, which has been declared a terrorist organisation by the Myanmar government, first emerged in October 2016 when it attacked three police outposts in the Maungdaw and Rathedaung districts of Myanmar.
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