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How activists are using Facebook in Myanmar for democratic ends, but Facebook itself also facilitated hate speech

29th June 2021

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by Tamas Wells and Aleks Deejay

Facebook and other social media sites are often idealised as a tool catalysing democratic change and Facebook itself claims helps to build ‘supportive…safe…informed…civically engaged and inclusive communities’.

In Myanmar following the military coup in February this year, democracy activists made wide use of Facebook as a platform for mutual encouragement, information sharing and news updates. But when Facebook was used in Myanmar as a platform for hate speech and organised violence against Rohingya, the company was quick to deflect blame and stress the role of its users. There needs to be more focus on Facebook’s responsibility in managing its operations ethically and protecting those who may be at risk.

Read the full article from the LSE Southeast Asia Blog here.

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