Social Media and Conflict in South Sudan

Hate Speech in Context

Since the outbreak of violence in the world's newest country in December 2013, South Sudanese have called attention to how hate speech has inflamed further violent conflict. 

But what's the connection between online hate narratives and violence on the ground in South Sudan? How do we begin to understand those connections?

A Promising Start

To address these questions, PeaceTech Lab developed a Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms, combining cutting-edge social media analysis with in-country expertise to identify both the terms likely to incite violence, and their social and political context. The Lexicon also identifies alternative language that would mitigate the impact of this speech.

The goal of this research is to inform organizations and individuals combating hate speech and building peace in South Sudan, as well as to raise awareness among social media users on the dangers of specific inflammatory language.


South Sudan Online Hate Speech Monitoring Reports

These reports are part of a broader initiative by PeaceTech Lab to analyze online hate speech in South Sudan in order to help mitigate the threat of hateful language in fueling violence on-the-ground. Hate speech can be defined as language that can incite others to discriminate or act against individuals or groups based on their ethnic, religious, racial, gender or national identity. The Lab also acknowledges the role of “dangerous speech,” which is a heightened form of hate speech that can catalyze mass violence.

For any comments or questions about these reports, or to be added to the distribution list, please contact info@peacetechlab.org.

 

August 11, 2017

This report provides an analysis of conflict events and hate speech in social media during the period of January 1 - August 7 2017. 

August 25, 2017

This report provides an analysis of conflict events and hate speech in social media during the period of August 8 - 22, 2017. 

September 12, 2017

This report provides an analysis of conflict events and hate speech in social media during the period of August 23 - September 8, 2017. 

September 26, 2017

This report provides an analysis of conflict events and hate speech in social media during the period of September 8 - September 23, 2017.

October 12, 2017

This report provides an analysis of conflict events and hate speech in social media during the period of September 24 - October 9, 2017. 

 


You can access a summary of the project, live visualizations from the social media analysis of hate speech, news articles, and resources for organizations countering hate speech through our South Sudan Hate Speech Data Portal, located in the Lab's Open Situation Room Exchange (OSRx).