Out­cry over FB ‘ban’ of slur in Myan­mar

New Straits Times - - World -

YAN­GON: Ne­ti­zens were in an up­roar yes­ter­day af­ter Facebook seem­ingly banned peo­ple from post­ing the word kalar, of­ten used as a slur against Mus­lims. Dozens of users re­ported be­ing tem­po­rar­ily barred from the site re­cently af­ter post­ing the con­tro­ver­sial term kalar, which is fre­quently used as an in­sult for the coun­try’s em­bat­tled Mus­lim mi­nor­ity. Some users said they were even blocked af­ter writ­ing other words that in­cluded the same sound in the Burmese al­pha­bet.

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