Combatting Online Hate Speech in Myanmar

Journalists sit around tables at a workshop.

Journalism trainers, Hsu Hsu and Hein, went to Kone Thar in Myanmar to lead a “Safe Online Space” training organized by Myanmar ICT for Development Organization. When they spoke about how social media can either be used to mobilize communities for peace, or to stir up conflicts through dangerous speech and spreading online rumors, it triggered an open conversation. 

“I am surprised to see that your theory looks exactly like what has been happening here. It means somebody is deliberately trying to organize riots. It is important that we realize this and don’t fall for it. I’ll try to pass on this knowledge and message to my friends."

—Local teacher in Kone Thar

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