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Facebook Ordered to Release Records on Closed Myanmar Accounts

The company had shut down accounts for promoting violence against the Rohingya, but it resisted sharing information about those accounts with countries pursuing a genocide case against Myanmar.

9/23/2021 8:30:00 AM

Facebook “taking up the mantle of privacy rights is rich with irony,” a federal judge said in ordering the company to release records of Myanmar accounts it had shut down for promoting violence against the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority

The company had shut down accounts for promoting violence against the Rohingya, but it resisted sharing information about those accounts with countries pursuing a genocide case against Myanmar.

Sept. 22, 2021 9:32 pm ETWASHINGTON—A federal judge ordered Facebook Inc. on Wednesday to hand over records related to accounts it shut down in 2018 that were linked to government-backed violence against the Muslim Rohingya minority in Myanmar, as the social-media giant grapples with the effects content on its platform has in the real world.

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The ruling, by a magistrate judge in Washington, criticized Facebook for refusing to provide the records to countries pursuing a case against Myanmar in international court, saying allowing it to withhold them “would compound the tragedy that has befallen the Rohingya.”

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