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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. […]

ZIP codes to be introduced in four Mandalay townships

Mandalay city would soon introduce ZIP codes in four townships to increase the improve mail delivery, a senior Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) official said. U Kyaw San Myint said the four townships include Chan Mya Tharsi, Chan Aye Tharzan, Mahar Aung Myay and Aung Myay Tharzan. “After that, we will continue doing this in […]

The Role of Fake News in Politics, Stability and Elections

Legislation is being introduced across Southeast Asia to combat fake news in the name of preserving social harmony. In practice, however, it is too often used by long-sitting regimes as a tool to discredit political opponents ahead of critical events such as elections and referendums. As a result, democratic values like freedom of expression and […]

Myanmar’s digital game changers

According to We Are Social, Myanmar counted 18 million internet users in 2018. Internet penetration in the country continues to rise at an impressive pace. This growth is driven by the massive adoption of new digital services that aim to make life better in Myanmar. They are global or at least regional phenomena. These tech […]

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 […]

Concerns mount in the wake of Red Dot shutdown

Agents of Red Dot Network Ltd are unhappy that deposits paid to the now defunct payment solutions provider will likely not be returned to them. Red Dot’s system involves small terminals and trading balances. The firm buys credit from Myanmar’s telcos – Ooredoo, Telenor, MecTel and MPT – the same as that which shop owners […]

Facebook, whatsapp target fake news for asia’s election season, but is it too little, too late?

Facebook and its subsidiary WhatsApp have promised to get tougher on “fake news” ahead of key elections in Asia, but critics question whether the new policies can stop viral disinformation from influencing the outcomes. Both companies have faced outrage over issues related to misuse and accountability, and this year’s polls could prove a crucial test […]

Billboard advertising shrinks but remains part of Yangon landscape

Just half a decade ago, Yangon was dotted with billboards as companies jostled for the best locations to draw the attention of the consumers to the products they were introducing to the market. But just like other traditional advertising media, such as the newspapers and magazines, among others, the outdoor advertising industry is now fighting […]

High e-commerce potential, but growth stunted, for now

On November 11, 2018, online shoppers in Myanmar purchased goods worth US$90,000 on the Internet within the first hour of Alibaba Group’s global 11.11 sale. It was the first time the Chinese e-commerce giant had opened up the annual event to Myanmar, where just 1 percent of the population is exposed to e-commerce. Alibaba knows […]

Facebook takes down more Myanmar accounts over military links

Facebook Inc (FB.O) has removed hundreds of additional accounts, pages and groups in Myanmar from its social networks after discovering what it called “coordinated inauthentic behaviour” and links to the country’s military. The social media giant had previously removed accounts, including that of Myanmar’s army chief, after criticism it had failed to act on hate […]