U.N. investigators blame Facebook for spreading hate ag…

Daniel Arkin

United Nations officials have accused Facebook of spreading hate speech in Myanmar, the Southeast Asian nation where human rights experts are investigating a possible genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority.

Marzuki Darusman, chairman of the U.N. Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, told reporters on Monday that the social media giant has played a “determining role” in the troubled nation, according to Reuters.

“It has … substantively contributed to the level of acrimony and dissension and conflict, if you will, within the public,” Darusman said. “Hate speech is certainly, of course, a part of that.”

Image: Rohingya migrants

Rohingya migrants react as police and officials attempt to control a surging crowd at the Kutupalong refugee camp on November 28, 2017.