Myanmar’s nationalist monk Wirathu during an interview in Yangon, Myanmar, on Oct. 4, 2015.
(REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun)
The infamous firebrand Buddhist monk Ashin Wirathu, also known as the “Burmese bin laden,” is the kick-off Facebook for violating community standards.
Wirathu, who has made use of social media for spreading anti-Muslim hatred and racist comments, was the kick-off for the platform in January. A Facebook spokesman told Agence France-Press that the page violated its standards and eventually took action.
“If a person consistently shares content hate, we make a range of actions, such as temporarily suspending their ability to post and, ultimately, the removal of his account,” the spokesman said, according to Time magazine.
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Facebook has not yet responded to a request for comment from Fox News.
Facebook, dealing with the domestic problems that the platform was used unscrupulously by Russian agents, the change of the outcome of the 2016 US presidential elections, is also faced with problems all over the world, including in Myanmar, Wirathu country where he is accused of failure to curb anti-Rohingya propaganda.
The Rohingya people, the majority of which are Muslim, are denied citizenship under the 1982 Myanmar citizenship law.
A Twitter account that can be (but not confirmed by Fox News) associated with Wirathu is still active. The bio on the Twitter account describes Wirathu as “A Burmese anti-Muslim Buddhist monk. A writer. A co-founder of the association for the Protection of Race and Religion.” The account has not tweeted since 2016.
In 2014 an interview with VICE, Wirathu claimed that he was wrong and misunderstood.
“I try to make it, to the people not to [take revenge], but these aggressive Muslims must be brought to justice,” Wirathu said in the interview.
About 400,000 Rohingya have lived in Myanmar in November 2017, but nearly 700,000 of them fled to Bangladesh following insurgent attacks, Time magazine listed. The crisis has been labeled ethnic cleansing by the U. N.
He was also profiled in 2013 by the Time, is featured as a cover story titled ” The Face of Buddhist Terror.’
Facebook is intensely popular in Myanmar, largely due to the wide availability of smartphones and Internet-connection.
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Facebook has more than 2.1 billion monthly active users (maus) worldwide, 828 million MAUs in the Asia-Pacific region, according to the latest quarterly figures. The company does not publicly break out of its users by country, but a 2016 report by the Myanmar Times said Facebook had attracted 10 million users in the country.
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