With over 25,000 dead and 700,000 fleeing, the conflict in Myanmar is reaching a new wave of crimes against the Rohingya Muslims. The U.N. recently intensified their label of this crisis as a genocide — and Facebook acted. They removed a number of accounts and pages run by the Myanmar military reaching almost 12 million people. Although Facebook has been slow to react, this move shows monumental progress in protecting their platform against the plagues of hate speech and false information.
On Aug 15th, the day Kabul fell to the Taliban, Basir and his family made their first attempt to get into the airport and onto a plane. It would be nearly a month before they escaped into Pakistan. Over the next weeks they would be beaten at Taliban checkpoints, endure crushing crowds and be threatened and sworn at by soldiers from around the world.