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.


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).