SOCIAL MEDIA AND CONFLICT IN SOUTH SUDAN.
HATE SPEECH AND VIOLENCE
Since the outbreak of violence in the world's newest country in December 2013, South Sudanese have called attention to how hate speech, both in-country and from the diaspora, is contributing to further violence. But what's the connection between online hate narratives and conflict on the ground in South Sudan?
FINDING A SOLUTION
To address this question, PeaceTech Lab developed a Social Media and Conflict in South Sudan, 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 December 2016, also identifies alternative language to mitigate the impact of hate speech. This research aims 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 inflammatory language.