World Bulletin / News Desk
Myanmar netizens were in an uproar on Monday after Facebook seemingly banned people from posting the word "kalar," often used as a slur against Muslims, at a time of rising Islamophobia in the country.
Dozens of users in Myanmar reported being temporarily barred from the site recently after posting the controversial term kalar, which is frequently used as an insult for the country's embattled Muslim minority.
Some users said they were even blocked after writing other words that include the same sound in the Burmese alphabet, highlighting the difficulties Facebook has monitoring millions of posts in multiple languages.
Aung Kaung Myat said he had been prevented from liking, posting and sharing content on the site for 24 hours last week for writing about the apparent ban, as had many of his friends.
"It is ridiculous," he said. "I became a victim of it myself when I wrote: 'Facebook is deleting the posts that include the word kalar'."
Yarzar Soe-Oo said he was barred on Friday after posting a jokey quip about eating Indian bean soup ("kalar pal hin") while sitting in a chair ("kalar htaing").
A spokeswoman for Facebook said the company was working to combat hate speech but as "our teams process millions of pieces of reported content each week... we sometimes make mistakes".
A spokesman for the Myanmar government said it had not pushed for a ban.
Darren Osborne, 47, will be charged with terrorism-related murder, attempted murder, say UK prosecutors
Sebastian Kurz says there should be no Islamic kindergartens in Austria
Sharp rise in anti-Muslim incidents following terrorist attacks
PM Theresa May says ‘terrible incident’ a ‘potential terrorist attack’
Robert Doggart sentenced to 235 months for seeking to recruiting others to burn down a New York mosque
Three were fired after enduring harassment on the job
Muslim group blames politics, terror attacks in France
6 families, 2 groups sue over alleged preferential treatment proposed in scheme
Facebook is under global pressure to clamp down on hate speech, violent threats or deliberately misleading information on their platform -- with efforts showing varying degrees of success.
New notification could hurt thousands of farmers and Muslim meat traders
Women gather to celebrate last year's French high court ruling overturning local bans of concealing swimsuit
Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has written about a meeting he has had with Muslim students from Dearbon, Michigan (USA).
Behavior 'unacceptable', education department says
Head of anti-discrimination agency says many hijab-wearing women face discrimination at work and in social life
Suspected members of right-wing Hindu group accuse Muslim man of helping neighbor marry Hindu girl before they kill him
Mob of 100 led by ultra-nationalist monks could have destroyed or torched madrasahs, says school leader