According to recent reports, Facebook is blocking posts and suspending activists who are documenting the situation of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
According to activists, their accounts are frequently being suspended or taken down. They are still hoping that the social media giant would let them speak the truth.
The Myanmar government does not use the term “Rohingya” and does not recognize the people as an official ethnicity, which means they are denied citizenship and effectively rendered stateless. The govt believes that the Rohingyas are illegal immigrants from neighboring Bangladesh, whereas Bangladesh considers them Myanmar citizens.
“We want Facebook to be a place where people can share responsibly and we work hard to strike the right balance between enabling expression while providing a safe and respectful experience,” Facebook spokesperson Ruchika Budhraja told Daily Beast on Wednesday.
“In response to the situation in Myanmar, we are carefully reviewing content against our Community Standards,” Budhraja added.
An activist named Rahim said that apart from repeatedly disabling his accounts, Facebook has also removed individual posts he put on the site about Rohingya refugees.
“We removed this content because it doesn’t follow the Facebook Community Standards,” read a message from Facebook.
There are several such examples being reported across Myanmar.