Did Mark Zuckerberg really just discuss Myanmar in his interview with Ezra Klein? Rather fortuitous that Ezra didn’t ask a specific hard hitting question. Right, Mark? Nope, you’re not off the hook yet.

Vox Piece:

Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook’s hardest year, and what comes next “We will dig through this hole, but it will take a few years.” It’s been a tough year for Facebook. The social networking juggernaut found itself engulfed by controversies over fake news, electoral interference, privacy violations, and a broad backlash to smartphone addiction. Wall Street has noticed: The company has lost almost $100 billion in market value in recent weeks. [1]

Refresher, Ezra and Mark are referring the users in Myanmar using FB Messenger to incite violence and spread hate speech which led to ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims. Mark’s answer should send up red flags. Zuckerberg: “I remember, one Saturday morning, I got a phone call and we detected that people were trying to spread sensational messages through – it was Facebook Messenger in this case – to each side of the conflict…” See full answer in the Vox piece. Myanmar security forces have reportedly torched hundreds of Rohingya Msulim villages in the Rakhine state of the Buddhist dominated country; raped and killed the residents, and sent about 700,00 fleeting to Bangladesh. UN Investigators told the UN Human Rights Council how the social media network was being used as a vehicle to spread hate speech.

However, and here is the kicker, Ezra didn’t ask a hard hitting question he should have asked.

Maybe he didn’t know to ask it….. Mark, what was FB active role in the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya?

Did you personally make decision to redirect messages to the Myanmar security forces who then used that information to identify, locate and eradicate entire Rohingya Muslim villages in Rakhine state? 

Asking who decision makers might be because this would be a war crime. Good thing Ezra didn’t ask this. Heh, Mark?

Side Note: Mark, thru this telling, informed of their ability to use its “tools” to identify and track messages thought to be otherwise private thru Messenger

Zuckerberg addresses Facebook’s role in Myanmar ethnic cleansing

Zuckerberg addresses Facebook's role in Myanmar ethnic cleansing

© Getty Images – Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged criticisms that his platform has been used during an ethnic cleansing in Myanmar. “The Myanmar issues have, I think, gotten a lot of focus inside the company,” Zuckerberg said in an interview with Vox published on Monday. “And they’re real issues and we take this really seriously.” Zuckerberg said the company had found at least one instance of “sensational messages” being spread through Facebook in an attempt to incite violence. The company removed the messages from its platform. “This is certainly something that we’re paying a lot of attention to,” he said. The Facebook founder acknowledged that his company can play a significant role in conflicts.“I think more than a lot of other companies, we’re in a position where sometimes we have to adjudicate those kind of disputes between different members of our community,” he said. [2]

– Nearly 700,000 people have desperately sought a safe haven from the violence in Rakhine, Myanmar. We’ve provided hundreds of thousands with food, clean water and medical care – and we’ll continue to do everything we can to reach more families, with more aid.

This all said, last question, Mark, who all has been propping FB through investment?


[1] VOX.com

[2] The Hill

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