Those groups are now considered to be dangerous under Facebook's policy, a label that is reserved for individuals and organizations that engage in terrorist activity, organized hate, mass or serial murder, human trafficking or organized violence. Facebook said the groups are armed and said there is "clear evidence" they have engaged in offline harm and violence in Myanmar. By removing them from Facebook, the social network company hopes to disrupt any attempts to organize acts of violence.
Facebook has been doing a considerable amount of damage control in Myanmar in recent months after reports indicated the company's platforms and tools were being used to enable an ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims in the country. Facebook has pulled some of its tools from the market and has launched an internal investigation into its role in the violence. Last December, the social network announced it was banning hundreds of pages connected to the conflict.