According to the Wall Street Journal, a judge in the United States has ordered Facebook to publish records of now closed accounts related to the anti-Rohingya violence in Myanmar.
The newspaper stated that judges in Washington, DC criticized Facebook for failing to provide information to investigators seeking to prosecute the country for international crimes against the Rohingya Muslim minority.
Facebook refused to release the data, saying it would violate the US law prohibiting electronic communication services from disclosing user communications.
But according to the Wall Street Journal, the judge said that these deleted posts are not protected by law.
Reuters could not immediately obtain details of the ruling, and Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Significant decision regarding Facebook’s obligation to disclose relevant information #Myanmar The cause of genocide #Gambia exist #International Court of Justice, One of the most important examples of the relevance of social media to modern atrocity prevention and response: (1/4)
— Shannon Raj Singh (@ShannonRSingh) September 23, 2021
The Gambia is seeking to document its actions Case against Myanmar At the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Myanmar was accused of violating the 1948 United Nations Genocide Convention.
The Myanmar authorities stated that they were fighting an armed uprising and denied committing systematic brutality.
In August 2017, more than 730,000 predominantly Muslim Rohingya fled from Rakhine State in western Myanmar. Military repression What the refugees said included massacres and rapes.
Human rights organizations have documented killings of civilians and burning of villages.
Shannon Raj Singh, Twitter human rights consultant, called the decision “significant.”
In a post on Twitter, she said this is “one of the most important examples of the relevance of social media to modern atrocity prevention and response.”
Facebook has been under fire in Myanmar in the past 10 years-during which the Rohingya have suffered a continuous wave of violence-because of the large number of hate speeches directed at the community.UN investigators say the platform has played Key role The spread of hate speech contributed to the 2017 crackdown.