SOCIAL MEDIA AND CONFLICT IN NIGERIA.
A LOOMING ELECTION
In 2017, PeaceTech Lab expanded its role in combating online hate speech to Nigeria where the country's varied conflict scenarios and growing tech use create an environment for the presence and proliferation of inflammatory language on social media. As Nigeria approaches the 2019 general election, there is immense concern that hate speech will rise and have a damaging effect on the election process.
PeaceTech Lab developed a Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms in Nigeria, 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, published in April 2018, also identifies alternative language that can be used to prevent and stop the spread of hate speech.