Facebook said it deleted 51,000 hate messages in Myanmar

Social media giant Facebook removed over 51,000 posts in Myanmar that contained hate speech in the first quarter of the year, a senior company official said.

The deleted posts violated Facebook’s community standards regarding hate speech, said Rafael Frankel, its public policy director for Southeast Asia.

“Around 51,000 contents violating hate speech rules were removed, and 83pc of them were removed before other users could read them,” he told a media briefing on June 16.

“We have arranged to single out hate speech in the Burmese language and we are upgrading it with technological support,” he said.

In April, Facebook removed three pages, 18 accounts and one group account for violating community standards.

Frankel also said recently Facebook will help the public track the advertising spending by candidates and parties in the election campaign on its platform.

He said Facebook users can track the expenditures using the ads library, which was launched in 2019 to show users spending on ads by accounts on all Facebook products.

“Starting in August, anyone who wants to run ads in Myanmar about the election or politics, including radical issues, will need to confirm their identities,” he said.

However, they will first need to register their accounts, he added.

The Union Election Commission (UEC) has set the elections for November and urged people to vote to boost the country’s democratic transition and ensure that their voices are heard in Nay Pyi Taw.

The election law allows candidates to spend up to K10 million (US$6600) on their campaigns.

The Warsaw-based Napoleoncat website, a marketing and analytics platform, estimated that more than 22 million people now use Facebook in Myanmar, compared to 7 million before the 2015 election.

Analysts have said that in this year’s election political parties would use Facebook more than other more traditional methods, such as door-to-door campaigning.

They see the polls as a referendum on the performance of the ruling National League for Democracy in the past four years.

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and President U Win Myint will run for re-election, and the main opposition Union Solidarity and Development Party has hinted that its leaders would also run. – Translated

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Source : Myanmar Times

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