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UN urged Facebook to monitor the aggressive rhetoric of users

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) –┬áThe social network Facebook should actively anticipate cases of aggressive rhetoric, but do not resort to excessively stringent regulatory requirements, said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein on Wednesday.

“I do not think that we need to wait until the crisis breaks in. They (Facebook – ed) should take a step forward to think about what to do to prevent this (aggressive rhetoric – ed.),” Western media quoted Ra’ad al-Hussein .

He noted that such measures should not be applied when “the press and human rights defenders are already pointing them out to this problem, it is necessary to act in advance.”

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights added that social networks should “give the opportunity to freely express their views” in accordance with international human rights norms.

According to him, social networks, including Facebook, should prevent the emergence of content that induces hatred and aggression and prevent campaigns aimed at infringing upon the rights of national minorities, as in the case of the situation in Myanmar.

Ra’ad al-Hussein’s statement came after Facebook removed accounts of a number of representatives of the military leadership of Myanmar earlier this week. In the social network noted that they took such a decision to prevent the spread of “hatred and disinformation.”

Such a step on the part of Facebook was followed by the announcement in the international independent UN mission on the situation in Myanmar of the need to bring to justice the command of the army of Myanmar for the genocide of the Rohinj people, crimes against humanity and war crimes.