Facebook is a "beast" of dissension and conflict

Rohingya Muslim refugees children queue for aid suplies at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar

Rohingya Muslim refugees children queue for aid suplies at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar

The United Nations has accused Facebook of fuelling the Rohingya massacre by allowing hate speech to spread on the social network in Myanmar. "As far as the Myanmar situation is concerned, social media is Facebook, and Facebook is social media".

The UN human rights experts have blamed Facebook for playing a key role in spreading hate speech against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

Almost 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled northern Rakhine state to Bangladesh since Myanmar launched a brutal crackdown on insurgents six months ago amid accounts of arson, murder and rape at the hands of soldiers and vigilante mobs in the mainly Buddhist country.

The situations in Kachin and Shan states, which involve actual combat between government soldiers and ethnic rebel groups seeking greater autonomy, have received much less global attention than the plight of the Rohingya.

"All the information I have received indicates that the intent of the perpetrators was to cleanse northern Rakhine state of their existence, possibly even to destroy the Rohingya as such, which, if proven, would constitute the crime of genocide", he said.

Myanmar has not allowed United Nations investigators into the country to investigate.

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The three-member probe, which was established last March to investigate allegations of human rights abuses against ethnic minorities in Myanmar's Rakhine, Shan, and Kachin States, has conducted hundreds of interviews with refugees in Bangladesh, Thailand, and Malaysia that yielded "hundreds of credible accounts of the most harrowing nature", Darusman told the Human Rights Council on Monday.

"Everything is done through Facebook in Myanmar", The Guardianquotedher as saying.

Calls for action have grown louder since the Rohingya crisis erupted past year, sending some 700,000 of the minority fleeing across the border since August.

The UN human rights chief said last week he strongly suspected acts of genocide had taken place.

'And I am afraid that Facebook has now turned into a beast than what it was originally meant to be used in other parts of the world too, ' she added. The quest for accountability "must be aimed at the individuals who gave the orders and carried out violations against individuals and entire ethnic and religious groups", Lee said. But she remains a heroine for most of her compatriots, who largely consider the Rohingya as unwanted illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

Facebook has always been criticised for its role in the Rohingya crisis, an assessment now underscored by comments by United Nations investigators.

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