April 26, 2018 / 2:28 PM / in a year

Facebook reviewing operations in Myanmar, says needs more people on the ground

Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/Files

LONDON (Reuters) - Facebook will review how it operates in Myanmar and needs more policy people on the ground, its chief technology officer said on Thursday, after criticism that the platform has inflamed ethnic violence there.

Asked by a British lawmaker if Facebook was reviewing how it operates in Myanmar, Mike Schroepfer replied: “Absolutely.”

“The situation in Myanmar is awful,” he said. “We need more policy people on the ground.”

Reporting by Alistair Smout; editing by Stephen Addison

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