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Facebook said it deleted 51,000 hate messages in Myanmar

Social media giant Facebook removed over 51,000 posts in Myanmar that contained hate speech in the first quarter of the year, a senior company official said. The deleted posts violated Facebook’s community standards regarding hate speech, said Rafael Frankel, its public policy director for Southeast Asia. “Around 51,000 contents violating hate speech rules were removed, […]

Facebook accuses telecoms groups of disinformation tactics

Facebook has alleged that one of south-east Asia’s biggest telecoms providers used tactics typical of Russian trolls to discredit rivals, in one of the first takedowns of so-called commercial disinformation from its platform. The world’s largest social media platform said on Wednesday that it had banned a network of two dozen fake pages and accounts […]

Facebook forms team to monitor use in Myanmar ahead of election

Facebook has formed a team to monitor the use of the social media in Myanmar, especially with the upcoming 2020 general elections, a spokesperson for the US-based social media and technology company said. “We also know that we must protect people from those who attempt to spread hate and misinformation,” she told the Myanmar Times. […]

Is Huawei Really More Dangerous than Facebook?

US President Donald Trump’s campaign against leading Chinese technology companies is driven by legitimate concerns. But are they so different from the worries that democratic societies should have about American social-media and technology companies? XFORD – The United States and some of its allies have acted decisively to exclude the Chinese technology company Huawei from […]

Facebook Partners with Httpool as Authorized Sales Partner in Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos

Facebook has selected Httpool as its Authorized Sales Partner in Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos. As the official partner for Facebook in these three countries, Httpool will provide support and regional expertise to local businesses across Facebook, Instagram, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. Partnering with Facebook in the APAC region was a natural transition for Httpool. The […]

Myanmar Switch to Unicode to Take Two Years: App Developer

Long before the October 1 switch from the Zawgyi font to Unicode in Myanmar, technology experts expected the move to generate some resistance from users. While the change is aimed at expanding communications and enabling greater compatibility with the rest of the world, the process of switching to the new system was expected to bring teething […]

Myanmar holds its first blockchain roundtable

Last week Facebook released the whitepaper for its new cryptocurrency Libra, attempting to link its social media platform with a blockchain payment ecosystem. There are some 2.6 billion Facebook users around the world, and almost 20 million in Myanmar – that’s a lot of potential cryptocurrency users. With these astonishing numbers in mind, and with […]

Ooredoo Myanmar and GSMA team up with Facebook for digital literacy

The Myanma outpost of Qatari telco Ooredoo has teamed up with GSMA and Facebook to increase digital literacy in the country, the trio announced on Tuesday. Inside Ooredoo stores, Myanma first-time internet users will be able to access “internet education materials” in a bid to increase digital literacy. Approximately 21 million of Myanmar’s 54 million […]

Beware of crowding pigeons and stray dogs in urban Yangon

Myanmar people are kind by nature and we have heartfelt pity on other living things. If someone were to say this sympathetic nature is engendering the dangers caused by pigeons and dogs on the streets of Yangon, animal lovers will be quick to provide a stream of comments. But this is a serious and very […]

Beware of Facebook, abuse of Section 66(d): digital forum

Myanmar needs to address the spread of fake news on social media by empowering local journalists, providing freer access to information, and pushing for more responsible and conscientious use of the internet, said participants at the third Myanmar Digital Rights Forum in Yangon last month. “Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we make […]