Myanmar: Twitter suspends account of top military general over hate speech

Author: Paul Eckert, Radio Free Asia, Published on: 18 May 2019

"Twitter Suspends Account of Top Myanmar General Over Hate Speech", 16 May 2019

Myanmar's top military leader, seen by rights groups as the architect of a bloody ethnic cleansing campaign that drove more than 700,000 Muslim Rohingya into Bangladesh in 2017, had had his Twitter account suspended, RFA has learned.

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, accused by the United Nations of, among other things, genocide for the Rohingya campaign, had his @sgminaunghlaing account taken offline....

...Contacted by RFA's Burmese Service, a Twitter spokesman said "We don't comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons."

The removal of 18 Facebook accounts, one Instagram account and 52 pages linked to the Myanmar military in August 2018 came after a fact-finding mission of the U.N.-backed Human Rights Council said Min Aung Hlaing and other Myanmar military leaders should be referred to the International Criminal Court in the Hague for the army campaign that killed thousands and drove some 700,000 of Muslim Rohingya minority into Bangladesh in 2017.

...The online Myanmar news outlet The Irrawaddy quoted military spokesman Brigadier-General Zaw Min Tun as denying the commander-in-chief had ever officially used the social media platform.

The news website, however, reported that Min Aung Hlaing had a "verified" account and had been tweeting in both English and Burmese for several years.

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