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The beast in the face of Facebook in Myanmar

The religious and ethnic tension is going all around the world for many years. Now, a sudden explosion of the topic on the internet access and a company had trouble in identifying the most hateful posts and removing them. In brief, the storm in Myanmar has made added off the trouble. The United Nation stated that the determining role is faced by Facebook which has managed to whip off the anger against the Rohingya minority.

The UN special rapporteur on human rights, Yanghee Lee in March said, "I'm afraid that Facebook has now turned into a beast, and not what it originally intended," in Myanmar.

The company have admitted the failures and have tried to make a move to address this issue. The face is that dream of Facebook to be an open platform has gone in vain and things turned out to be worst in the South-east Asian country.



The director of Synergy, Thet Swei Win said, "Nowadays, everyone can use the internet,". It is an organization that works for the promotion of social harmony between the groups in Myanmar. However, it was not the case five years ago in the place.

The use of the influence has been minimal during the decades when the military dominated the country. However, with the Aung San Suu Kyi release and the election as Myanmar de facto leader, it is liberalized that the business will have a crucial effect on the telecom sector.

As per Elizabeth Mearns of Media Action has said that the effect was dramatic. She says, "A SIM card was about $200 [before the changes]," "In 2013, they opened up access to other telecom companies and the SIM cards dropped to $2. Suddenly it became incredibly accessible."

Then they bought up an inexpensive phone with cheap sim cards, everyone installed Facebook. Google and some of the other big online portals didn’t support the text of Burmese.

Mearns says, "People were immediately buying internet accessible smartphones and they wouldn't leave the shop unless
the Facebook app had been downloaded onto their phones," 


Even Swei Win believes, "We have no internet literacy,". "We have no proper education on how to use the internet, how to filter the news, how to use the internet effectively. We did not have that kind of knowledge."

However, the things didn’t go well with them with the stores and accounts posting the awful offensive posts. This is the becoming the major issue now. Mearns added, "The international community understands now, I think, that it needs to step up and understand technology. And understand what's happening on social media in their countries or in other countries."

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