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When Rohingya Refugees Fled to India, Hate on Facebook Followed

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 ?Anti-Rohingya posts directed at Indians have circulated widely on Facebook. During India’s recent national elections;Facebook posts that falsely accused Rohingya Muslims of cannibalism  go viral, along with posts that called them terrorists,  &   threatened to burn their homes if they did not leave India  A week ago, new posts popped up falsely accusing  the Rohingya of killing B.J.P. workers in West Bengal. Users  posted gruesome images of human arms and other body parts and falsely claimed that the Rohingya were cannibals. In one video, a gang of men from the B.J.P.’s militant wing brandishes knives and burns the effigy of a child.  This month, dozens of Rohingya homes were burned in Jammu, where the video and similar ones were shot.  This is the widening, real-world repercussions of Facebook’s failure to stop anti-Rohingya hate speech on its platform.'

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I write about UC-- "unintended consequences" of societal changes....things that could not have been produced at the time.


There have been 4 transformative eras in history. Every single one had unintended consequences, including the era when humans decided to stay put. Towns, cities and states grew at the nexus of rivers. Of course they needed protection. Forts and armies, and finally state military.


The next transformative era was one of industry. Steam engines, the cotton ginny, led to the growth of manufacturing hubs... and pollution etc...

The third was communication technology... beginning with the telegraph and telephone-- where people did not have to live near each other--within 50miles-- in order to stay in touch.


But the last transformative era, was one of a NEW INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY-- where images and memes could be passed down by the corporatists states. it only began with television.The passing down of propaganda is the start of a fascist state. It allowed a visual barrage of violent behavior, so that our children, and our young adults, and our bored young men, are bombarded with images of aggression, where blood and violence solve problems, and where 'evil creatures' must be taken down at any costs... forget the collateral damage.


But what the anarchy of cyberspace is doing now, as we saw in New Zealand is something really dreadful. It is so much more than the sowing of division in the US and the EU to indfluence elections. It is an evil monster pandering to ancient tribal instincts -- fear of the 'other,'-- to cause the collapse of civilization.

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