Myanmar group blasts Zuckerberg’s claim on Facebook hate speech prevention

It’s becoming common to say that Mark Zuckerberg is coming under fire, but the Facebook CEO is again being questioned, this time over a recent claim that Facebook’s internal monitoring system is able to thwart attempts to use its services to incite hatred. Speaking to Vox, Zuckerberg used the example of Myanmar, where he claimed […]

Zuckerberg apologized for Myanmar Violence

Last week, after frustrated activists from Myanmar sent an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, they got something unexpected: a reply. The activists, representing six civil society organizations, harshly criticized Mr. Zuckerberg in the letter, saying he had mischaracterized Facebook’s response to violence-inciting messages in Myanmar and had not devoted sufficient […]

Should Facebook Flee Myanmar?

Last week, United Nation investigators briefing the press about the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar pointed their fingers at a surprising perpetrator: Facebook. The officials said that hate-filled Facebook posts have helped amplify deadly ethnic tensions in the country, where military strikes since last August have spurred about 700,000 Bengali Muslims to flee to Bangladesh from […]

Meet the Myanmar businesswoman conjuring a social media success story

Sandi Sein Thein’s marketing company Digital Kaway – which means ‘wizard’ in Myanmar – has expanded local perceptions of what the internet has to offer, earning her a place on Forbes’ prestigious 30 Under 30 Asia list When Digital Kaway began doing business three years ago, it comprised two founding employees, two computers and an […]

U.N. rights investigators hit ‘beast’ Facebook’s role in spreading hate speech amid Myanmar crisis

GENEVA – U.N. human rights experts investigating a possible genocide in Myanmar said on Monday that Facebook had played a role in spreading hate speech there. Facebook had no immediate comment on the criticism on Monday, although in the past the company has said that it was working to remove hate speech in Myanmar and […]

Facebook removes Myanmar monk’s page

Facebook has removed the page of Myanmarese monk Wirathu for his incendiary posts about Muslims, the company confirmed, as it faces pressure to clamp down on hate speech. Mr. Wirathu, a prominent face of Myanmar’s Buddhist ultra-nationalist movement, amassed hundreds of thousands of followers, using it as a platform to attack Muslims, singling out the […]

Myanmar: Asia’s Final Frontier Car Market

Earlier this month I spent four days in Myanmar, the proud and reclusive nation of 52 million sandwiched between India, China and Thailand. My purpose: Work with officials in the Myanmar government to develop plans for a competitive auto industry. The timing could not be better: Fast-emerging and increasingly affordable EV and autonomous vehicle technologies […]

Businesses, government must embrace digital technology to stay relevant

To develop and expand, Myanmar must embrace and keep up with the pace at digital technology is changing the economy and the way companies do business around the world, tech experts at the Digital Transformation Summit said. The summit was jointly held by the Myanmar Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industries (UMFCCI) and US […]

Social Media Exhibits Its Disruptive Power in Myanmar

If the past two decades of foreign interventionism have taught us anything, it is that democracy cannot be imposed upon a nation unless it has the social, cultural, economic, and institutional architecture to enable it. The same should be said of democratic tools — including a free press, elections, and, of course, civic technologies. Facebook, […]