Another blow of crucial criticism has hit social media platforms for being the medium of hate speech among communities. UN has warned Facebook for contributing to accelerate ethnic violence in Myanmar.
In order to condemn the inflammatory content spreading on social media, Sri Lanka has banned Facebook, Whatsapp, and Instagram. The step has been taken to spot and stop violence against its minor Muslim community. The propaganda and controversy is nothing new to Humane Society, however, the speed of diffusing misinformation has increased undoubtedly because of social media.
“These platforms are banned because they were spreading hate speeches and amplifying them,”, said a government spokesperson.
And these are not just presumptions but based on astounding facts. The human rights’ experts investigated on the matter and found some alarming facts leading to horribly violent riots. This led to an instant warning to Facebook mobile as it is proving to be the medium for orthodox Buddhist to be provoked and spread violence against minorities. The situation is serious and needs instant attention as more than 650,000 Rohingya Muslims were forced to migrate to Bangladesh due to unbearable violence against them.
“Substantively contributed to the level of acrimony and dissension and conflict” within the public sphere. “Hate speech is certainly, of course, a part of that. As far as the Myanmar situation is concerned, social media is Facebook, and Facebook is social media.”, chairman of the mission, Marzuki Darusman briefed media about the matter.
The biggest proof of the whole controversy IS the social media accounts of Ashin Wirathu, an extremist Buddhist monk in Myanmar who spread hatefulness against Muslims and has the largest following in Sri Lanka.