September 20, 2017

BETSY WOODRUFF: Facebook Silences Rohingya Reports of Ethnic Cleansing.

Rohingya people trying to use social media to share information about the attacks on them tell The Daily Beast they have had their posts removed and their accounts shut down, and that they hope Facebook stops silencing them.

A Facebook representative told The Daily Beast the company would look into the situation. “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,” said Facebook spokesperson Ruchika Budhraja in a statement. “That’s why we have Community Standards, which outline what type of sharing is allowed on Facebook and what type of content may be reported to us and removed. Anyone can report content to us if they think it violates our standards. In response to the situation in Myanmar, we are carefully reviewing content against our Community Standards.”

Facebook shows little compunction about doing the bidding of oppressive regimes, although to be fair it’s impossible to say if that’s due to an impartial application of the company’s Community Standards — or something more sinister.

Either way, it’s something to keep in mind when sharing your most personal details with the social media behemoth.

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