Facebook Bans Rohingya Terror Group Behind Current Myanmar Crisis, Twitter Not So Much
During last week's United Nations General Assembly, many condemnations of the ethnic cleansing of the largely Muslim Rohingya by the Myanmar military were heard.
And there appears to be considerable evidence such ethnic cleansing is occurring -- mainly the 400,000 Rohingya refugees that have streamed across the border into Bangladesh.
At the same time, there is emerging evidence of ethnic and religious cleansing of Hindus and Buddhists caused by the Saudi- and Pakistani-backed Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) terror group, which kicked off the crisis with attacks on Myanmar border posts on August 25 that killed dozens of Myanmar's military personnel.
Those ARSA attacks were condemned by the U.S.
Several neighboring countries, including India, Malaysia and Bangladesh, are pointing out the ties between ARSA and international terror groups, including Al-Qaeda.
Funding, arms, and leadership for ARSA are coming from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
Because of these terrorist activities, Facebook has shut down ARSA's official account. Twitter, on the other hand, still continues to host the terror group.
Agence France-Presse reports:
Facebook said it has banned a Rohingya militant group from its site, designating it a 'dangerous organisation' as information on the deepening crisis is muddied by claims, counter-claims and hate speech on social media.
The social network is a key tool in the information war taking place over violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state, which has driven more than 420,000 Rohingya Muslims from the country and sparked UN accusations of military-led "ethnic cleansing".
Rohingya activists have used the platform to post alleged scenes of brutality from the conflict zone, where humanitarian and media access is severely restricted, while the army and government deliver near-daily updates on the crisis.
A Facebook spokeswoman told AFP late Wednesday it was not requested by the government to bar the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), which remains active on Twitter.
In fact, ARSA continues to be active on Twitter:
As I reported earlier this month, the attacks by ARSA targeting Myanmar military personnel and subsequent attacks on Buddhists and Hindus that prompted reportedly tens of thousands from those communities to take refuge elsewhere in Myanmar, along with reports before the beginning of the current crisis of Saudi and Pakistani support for ARSA, complicate the monochromatic international media narrative.