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Myanmar: Campaign calls on Facebook to stop military from using platform to recruit members and promote businesses

"Facebook Allowing Burma Military to Recruit for and Fund Genocide", 9 January 2021

In the week Facebook has suspended US President Donald Trump for inciting violence, Burma Campaign UK repeats its call to Facebook to stop the Burmese military using Facebook to recruit members, and to stop the Burmese military promoting its businesses on Facebook, profits from which help fund genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Facebook has faced severe criticism of its failure to tackle hate speech against the Rohingya and other minorities in Burma, and has taken down some military pages, including that of Min Aung Hlaing, the head of the military. Numerous official military Facebook pages still exist, including some with the official Facebook blue tick...

The Burmese military has significant economic interests in Burma, owning companies involved in a wide range products including beer, mobile phone networks, tea, cement, and even ballrooms. There are dozens of Facebook pages for these companies, promoting their products. Facebook has not acted on Burma Campaign UK requests to remove these pages, despite a United Nations report detailing how military owned companies help fund violations of international law.

[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Facebook to respond to the allegations. Facebook did not respond.]