“Fake news is not our friend,” declared Facebook this year in an aggressive new public relations campaign to counter accusations that the platform enables dangerous disinformation and hate speech. Earlier this week, Facebook took some of its boldest steps yet to counter misuse of the platform, removing 18 Facebook accounts, one Instagram account and 52 Facebook Pages in Myanmar, followed by almost 12 million people. Among those banned was Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of Myanmar’s armed forces. Many of the pages were banned for “engaging in coordinated inauthentic behaviour on Facebook”. Yet Facebook continues to pander to dictators by also blocking genuine news about their activities and atrocities. While it continues to do so, Facebook cannot genuinely claim to be promoting truth and cracking down on disinformation. Yet Facebook continues to pander to dictators by also blocking genuine news about their activities and … [Read more...] about Despite ban on Tatmadaw, Facebook is still pandering to dictators
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SAO PAULO: Facebook Inc on Wednesday took down a network of pages and accounts used by a right-wing Brazilian activist group, cracking down on what it called a misinformation network ahead of elections in October.Facebook said in a statement that it deactivated 196 pages and 87 accounts in Brazil for their part in "a coordinated network that hid behind fake Facebook accounts and misled people about the nature and origin of its content, all for the purpose of sowing division and spreading misinformation."The statement did not identify the pages or users involved, and a Facebook representative declined to identify them.However, sources told Reuters that the network was run by senior organizers from Movimento Brazil Livre (MBL) or "Free Brazil Movement."MBL later said in a statement on Twitter that several of its organizers had been affected, confirming the Reuters report.The group rose to prominence in 2016 leading protests demanding the impeachment of leftist former President Dilma … [Read more...] about Facebook removes pages of Brazil activist network before elections
caption A screenshot from Alek Minassian’s LinkedIn profile. source Alek Minassian/LinkedIn Alek Minassian’s Facebook account posted about an “incel rebellion” hours before the Toronto van attack took place. An “incel,” or “involuntary celibate,” usually refers to a man who lacks romantic relationships with women. The post also hailed Elliot Rodgers, a man who identified himself as “incel” before killing six people and himself. The Facebook account of Alek Minassian, the suspect behind the Toronto van attack on Monday, threatened an “incel rebellion” in a post hours before the attack took place. The now-deleted post from Minassian’s account, posted on Monday, read: “Private (Recruit) Minassian Infantry 00010, wishing to speak to Sgt 4chan please. C23249161. The Incel Rebellion has already begun! We will overthrow all the … [Read more...] about The Toronto van attack suspect warned of an ‘incel rebellion’ on Facebook hours before the attack — here’s what that means
It’s not every day that a country of over 51 million people goes online virtually overnight. But that’s been the case in Myanmar, which until recently had one of the world’s lowest internet penetration rates but is now largely plugged into the digital age. And as many will attest, Facebook is the internet in Myanmar. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox Yet Facebook is also fanning the flames of communal conflict, violence perpetrated by state security forces and others that United Nations officials say qualifies as “crimes against humanity”, “ethnic cleansing” and potentially even “genocide” against the nation’s Muslim Rohingya minority. Marzuki Darusman, chair of the United Nations’ Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, recently said that Facebook has played a “determining role” in a humanitarian crisis that has seen over 600,000 Rohingya flee across … [Read more...] about Is Facebook contributing to genocide in Myanmar?
A passenger using Facebook account, Atipoj Srisukhon, posted a picture of a cracked runway at Krabi International Airport, expressing the concern about the safety today (March 2). The damage is several metres wide but is limited to the extreme ends of the runway at both ends. The Director of Krabi International Airport, Atthaporn Nuang-Udom, said that he acknowledged the matter and damage to the runway surface. “I think the crack was caused by the heavy rain for the past few days and the spot is a place where planes usually turn off the runway onto the general arrival apron. It doesn’t disturb the take-off and landing of the planes as the cracks are at the end edge of the runway,” he said. “However, we will rush to fix the cracks as fast as possible but we have to choose the proper time that will limit disturbing flights as there are so many flights these days. On March, 5, we will discuss with the contractor to come and start the process.” Phuket … [Read more...] about Krabi Airport’s runway cracked