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Burmese Military Led Social Media Hate Campaign Against Rohingya

HeadlineOct 16, 2018

The New York Times reports that Burma’s military orchestrated a widespread Facebook misinformation and hate campaign targeting the Muslim Rohingya minority, exacerbating violence that displaced some 700,000 people in what the United Nations has called a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” The campaign involved creating troll accounts, posing as Burmese celebrities and spreading false information about the Rohingya population. In August, Facebook removed the accounts of senior military leaders after coming under fire for its inaction, but the new report from the Times shows that the extent of the misinformation is far greater than previously believed.

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