Facebook bans Rohingya militant group

Facebook said it has banned a Rohingya militant group from its site, designating it a ‘ dangerous organisation ’ as information on the deepening crisis is muddied by claims , counter - claims and hate speech on social media .
The social network is a key tool in the information war taking place over violence in Myanmar ’ s Rakhine state , which has driven more than 420, 000 Rohingya Muslims from the country and sparked UN accusations of military- led “ethnic cleansing ”.
Rohingya activists have used the platform to post alleged scenes of brutality from the conflict zone , where humanitarian and media access is severely restricted , while the army and government deliver near - daily updates on the crisis .
A Facebook spokeswoman told AFP late Wednesday it was not requested by the government to bar the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, which remains active on Twitter .
The spokeswoman added that the move was in line with its policy of prohibiting violent groups from its site .
The latest violence in Rahkine erupted after a series of deadly ARSA attacks on military posts in August .
The army has been blamed for launching a crackdown in response that has forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, along with ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Hindus , into neighbouring Bangladesh .
The spokeswoman said Facebook was aware that Rohingya activists were using the site to draw attention to the violence , and that it intended to allow non - graphic content to remain online .
Myanmar ’ s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has played down claims of atrocities and blamed “ a huge iceberg of misinformation ” for complicating the conflict.
She has faced mounting criticism from global leaders over what the United Nations has called a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing ” against Rohingya Muslims.
Britain sent back five Myanmar army officers from a training session this week , “ on account of the current situation in Rakhine ”, Myanmar ’ s army said on Facebook late Wednesday.
The move comes amid a mounting diplomatic spat between the two countries , with Britain saying Wednesday it had suspended all educational training courses for the Myanmar military over concerns of rights abuses in Rakhine state .
Rohingyas are widely reviled in Buddhist - majority Myanmar , where they are considered illegal ‘ Bengali ’ immigrants brought in from modern - day Bangladesh during British colonial rule.
There were an estimated 1 . 1 million Rohingyas in Rakhine state before the current crisis , though nearly half have fled into Bangladesh where they are cramped into ill - equipped camps .
AFP