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Facebook blocks accounts of Myanmar’s top general, other military leaders


Myanmar's commander in chief, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, attends an event marking Martyrs' Day in Yangon, Myanmar, on July 19. (ANN WANG/Reuters)

August 27 -- The Washington Post


SINGAPORE — When Facebook officials heard that a damning U.N. report would again make a link between hate speech on the social media site and atrocities in Myanmar, they knew they had to act, a person familiar with their thinking said.


For the next 24 hours, officials went back and forth on how to respond to the report’s call for Myanmar’s commander in chief — an active Facebook user — to be investigated and prosecuted for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes against the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority.


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