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Countering Social Media as a Weapon in South Sudan

Hate Speech in South Sudan: Social Media as a Weapon of War

PeaceTech Lab, 03 May 2017

In 2016 PeaceTech Lab conducted research to better understand the connection between online hate speech and violence on the ground in South Sudan. The Lab created a lexicon of hate speech terms and monitored social media in support of local initiatives combating hate speech.

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

PeaceTech Lab Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms combines 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.

Hate Speech Lexicon in South Sudan

‘El Pais’ article by Gloria Pallares, 11 April 2017
Translated by Johanna Schnitzler

Social Media fuels war in a country on the brink of genocide. The Hate Speech Lexicon is the first to identify the terms used to incite violence.

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There are words that kill. In the case of South Sudan, social media has emerged as a new source of ethno-political conflict. According to the United Nations and international experts, South Sudan is at the brink of genocide and has been plagued with famine throughout the region this year. Ethnic conflict has erupted since December 2013 amongst parties that are aligned with President Salva Kiir of the Dinka tribe, against those aligned with Former Vice President Riek Machar, of the Nuer tribe. Although South Sudan is among the world’s least developed countries and about 70% of its population is illiterate, hate speech and fake news disseminates through the internet and spreads violence to regions that don’t even have electricity. Local and international organizations have responded to the gravity of situation through their work. One result of this collective effort is the Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms which is the first of its kind to identify the vocabulary used to incite violence of social media.

#defyhatenow #anataban #peace4all #SouthSudan #PeaceTechLab

#Peace4All Music Video

Peace4ALL Music Video

#Peace4ALL Music Video, Rhino Camp Uganda

“We just wanna dedicate this song, to everyone who lost their love ones, in the wars and all we wanna do right now is to create a #PeaceVillage for everyone to live in, we wanna change the way that people live and to #defyhatenow.”

Lyrics: Jaiksana A. José (RonnyRiddimz pan de beat – intro.)

#Peace4all Music Video at the #PeaceVillage, Rhino Camp Uganda

#PeaceVillage uses music to send positive and educational messages through songs and poems, raising awareness of the consequences of violence and the importance of peacebuilding, by discouraging hate speech online & offline.

The music program is designed to break down the prejudices that exist among South Sudanese communities and foster a culture of reconciliation by sending positive & educational messages through music & poems.

#Peace4ALL video was recorded at Luruja, Terego (Rhino camp).

Luruja is a cluster settlement inside Ofua zone which is yet the biggest settlement within the Rhino camp with a population that amounts to 30,000 people as of November 2016. Three members of the group are urban refugees who are running small businesses in Arua.

Brought together by their desire and commitment to fight ignorance about hate speech online and the effects of war, the groups embeds education in their lyrics in a bid to #defyhatenow.

#Peace4ALL #defyhatenow #AnaTaban #PeaceVillage #SouthSudan
Peace4ALL Video

Peace4ALL Video

#Peace4ALL Music Video – CREDITS

LYRICS #Peace4all by Jaiksana A. José

Musicians: #Peace4All singers Sherry Zania (Aurora), Ronald Luate (RonnyRiddimz) and Adams Mandela (FreeBoy).

#PeaceVillage music group includes Isaac Deng (BigWig) Joseph Luate (Prince Joseph) BlueJay and Nico Yen. Three members of the group are urban refugees who are running small businesses in Arua.

Location: #Peace4ALL video recorded at Luruja, Terego (Rhino camp).

Luruja is a cluster settlement inside Ofua zone which is yet the biggest settlement within the Rhino camp with a population that amounts to 30,000 people as of November 2016.

Production: #Peace4ALL video shot by Benchmark films montage (P4A Camera shots by Yass Alman, directed and edited by AB soft.)

Community Development Centre (CDC). Community interest organisation committed to building strong and resilient communities in #SouthSudan & Uganda

#defyhatenow: Mobilising Civic Action Against Hate Speech and Directed Social Media Incitement to Violence in South Sudan.

#defyhatenow is an initiative to combat social media hate speech by the r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation, Berlin, and independent partners in Juba, funded by the ifa – Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (zivik) with means of the German Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt)

#Peace4All Music Video

#Peace4All Music Video

LYRICS

#Peace4all
Jaiksana A. José

(RonnyRiddimz pan de beat)
Intro.
We just wanna dedicate this song,
to everyone who lost their love ones, in the wars
and all we wanna do right now
is to create a #PeaceVillage for everyone to live in
we wanna change the way that people live and to #defyhatenow.

Chorus.
We only reap what we sow
we don’t need to suffer anymore
all we need is love in our hearts
all we need is #Peace4all
We only reap what we sow
we don’t need the fighting anymore
all we need is love in our hearts
all we need is #Peace4all

Verse 1. (Free Boy)
It’s gonna be you and me
to change this world into a better place let’s learn to love and not
discriminate let’s learn to move along, get along
I can see my people falling victims to bullets and bombs some are forced
to run away, and leave their homes
why does it have to be this way, (Be this way)
what do we gain from the wars and pain
let’s give peace a chance to take control
coz all it needs is all of us to play that role
coz all we need is come together!
Divide we fall united we stand

Chorus.
We only reap what we sow,
we don’t need to suffer anymore
all we need is love in our hearts
all we need is #Peace4all
We only reap what we sow
we don’t need the fighting anymore
all we need is love in our hearts
all we need is #Peace4all

Verse 2. (RONNY RIDDIMS)
What do we gain?
(What do we gain?)
From this wars and pain
(From this wars and pain)
What do we gain?
(What do we gain)
when the nation is crying and we losing hopes.
what do we gain?,
you are my brother and sister.
we belong to each other – lets love one another
and #defyhatenow, no need for a trigger. Let us hold our hands!

Chorus.
We only reap what we sow
we don’t need to suffer anymore
all we need is love in our hearts
all we need is #Peace4all
We only reap what we sow
we don’t need the fighting anymore
all we need is love in our hearts
all we need is #Peace4all

Verse 3. (Sherry Zania)
I’m talking to you Mr. Politician
how do you even sleep at night with this corruption?
And if your mission is to find peace,
why don’t you practice what you preach?
A generation is dying, the mothers are crying,
all we do is praying for a better day
For a better day
And we don’t wanna be refugees no more!

Chorus.
We only reap what we sow
we don’t need to suffer anymore
all we need is love in our hearts
all we need is #Peace4all
We only reap what we sow
we don’t need the fighting anymore
all we need is love in our hearts
all we need is #Peace4all

Outro.
We all – a-ll a-lll

#Peace4ALL Music Video

#Peace4ALL Music Video

#Peace4ALL Music Video

#Peace4All from Rhino Camp to Berlin

#Peace4ALL Video PREVIEW Juba, Arua, Rhino Camp, Online & Berlin Roundtable

#Peace4all Music Video Preview 28th March 6-8pm

The preview of the new #Peace4ALL music video from the #PeaceVillage in collaboration with #defyhatenow takes place Tuesday March 28th at 6pm.

The video preview will be on March 28th with German Ambassador to South Sudan, Johannes Lehne and #Peace4ALL artists online at r0g_agency studio.

Launch events to follow in Juba, Arua & Rhino Camp Uganda. Stay tuned for events in South Sudan and Uganda, while you enjoy the music video online.

Free Boy, RonnyRiddimz, Barnabas Samuel and Ladule Chris appearing on skype from Arua! Join us in Juba, Arua, Rhino Camp, Berlin & online.

#Peace4ALL Music Video Launch FB Event
@defyhatenow
defyhatenow.net / Community Development Centre (CDC) South Sudan

#Peace4ALL #defyhatenow #AnaTaban #PeaceVillage #SouthSudan

#Peace4ALL Music Video

#Peace4ALL Music Video

#Peace4ALL
“We just wanna dedicate this song,
to everyone who lost their love ones, in the wars
and all we wanna do right now
is to create a #PeaceVillage for everyone to live in
we wanna change the way that people live and to #defyhatenow.”
Lyrics: Jaiksana A. José (RonnyRiddimz pan de beat – intro.)

Roundtable Discussion @ r0g_agency, Berlin

In the face of recent and disturbing news from South Sudan, you are cordially invited to a round-table discussion with Ambassador Johannes Lehne and our South Sudanese social media expert Nelson Kwaje, at the r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation.

This informal discussion around grassroots peacebuilding through education, innovation and culture is on Tuesday, March 28, 6-8 pm at our new Charlottenburg office in Knobelsdorffstr. 22, 14059 Berlin, Germany.

#Peace4ALL #defyhatenow #PeaceVillage

The #PeaceVillage uses music to send positive and educational messages to people through songs, poems and raising awareness of the consequences of violence and preach the importance of peace building by discouraging hate speech online and offline.

The music program was designed to break down the prejudices that exist among South Sudanese communities and foster a culture of reconciliation by sending positive & educational messages through music & poems.

The group also works to offer psychosocial support to refugees through sharing messages of hope in their compositions and events. It’s aim is to comfort those who are traumatised due to issues of lost property, family members or hope.

Brought together by the desire and commitment to fight ignorance about hate speech online and the effects of war, the groups embeds education in their lyrics in a bid to #defyhatenow.

Peace4ALL Video

Peace4ALL Video

#defyhatenow: Mobilising Civic Action Against Hate Speech and Directed Social Media Incitement to Violence in South Sudan.

#defyhatenow is an initiative to combat social media hate speech by the r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation, Berlin, and independent partners in Juba, funded by the ifa – Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (zivik) with means of the German Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt).

PeaceTech Lab: Social Media & Conflict in South Sudan

PeaceTech Lab Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms & Countering Hate Speech

Since the outbreak of violence 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?

To address these questions, PeaceTech Lab has 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 via an online portal for countering hate speech.

PeaceTech Lab Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms Report

PeaceTech Lab Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms Report

“Countries with rapidly expanding Internet access, such as South Sudan, are also experiencing the spread of online rumors, misinformation, and targeted attacks to exploit political or ethnic differences,” says Theo Dolan, Director of PeaceTech Lab Africa.

Dolan says that raising awareness among social media users around the world is urgently needed to shed  light on the dangers of hate speech, particularly related to South Sudan. Online hate speech can spread through personal and family networks, and it spreads fast – information can flow very quickly from a diaspora community in Australia to the US and back to South Sudan.

PeaceTech Lab Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms chart

PeaceTech Lab Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms chart

The goal of the lexicon 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.

The research is incredibly important because South Sudan has been in conflict for so long. People are already traumatized and online hate speech can reinforce this trauma. With more contexts around why these terms are inflammatory, people will have a better idea of how to combat the problem” says PeaceTech Lab Director Theo Dolan.

 

PeaceTech Lab Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms chart

PeaceTech Lab Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms chart

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 the South Sudan Hate Speech Data Portal, located in the PeaceTech Lab’s Open Situation Room Exchange (OSRx).

PeaceTech Lab Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms chart

PeaceTech Lab Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms chart

Social Media and Conflict in South Sudan: A Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms Download Report
Open Situation Room Exchange (OSRx) South Sudan Hate Speech Portal
RADIO MIRAYA INTERVIEW with Theo Dolan on PeaceTech Lab research & lexicon

Wau Wikipedia Peace Agents #defyhatenow

Wikipedia Peace Agents in Wau 15-16th December

#defyhatenow wikipedia peace agents workshop in Wau! Wikipedia is ‘mined’ to get an initial overview of information about South Sudan, what languages are being used … and for things that are particularly interesting to promote peace, unity and cultural diversity to bring these into the social media sphere, via facebook and twitter. Also contacting wikipedia authors, sources & connectors.

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#Peacejam #SouthSudan #Peace4Wau #Peace4SouthSudan

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Using #Wikipedia for peace & right information in #SouthSudan

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Wau Wikipedia Peace Agents

Wau Wikipedia Peace Agents

Wau Wikipedia Peace Agents workshop by @defyhatenow for 2 days in #Wau

Using Wikipedia to #defyhatenow in Wau, South Sudan

Using Wikipedia to #defyhatenow in Wau, South Sudana

 

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#peacejam LIVE in Juba, Nairobi, Uganda, Canada & online 21st Sept

r0g_agency & #defyhatenow are happy to coordinate the international social media #peacejam for UN World #peaceday, September 21st 2016

Events taking place now with #defyhatenow partners in Juba, Wau & Maban (South Sudan); Nairobi & Kibera (Kenya); Rhino Camp in Uganda, Edmonton Canada; and wherever you are online.

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#defyhatenow #peacejam street theatre in Juba, South Sudan Photo: Hakim George

Please use hashtags #PeaceJam #DefyHateNow #SouthSudan & #PeaceDay on your social media posts & tweets. Using #peacejam #defyhatenow hashtags will help track the broader South Sudanese use of online channels for positive cultural change, and gain a better understanding of the social media peace landscape of South Sudan.

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Photo: Hakim George

Peace messages from Juba #peacejam “Peace is our strength” by Abar Algor & “PEACE is NO PoCs” by Soro Wilso

Selected events include traditional youth dance, street theatre and workshop in Juba; The Rhino Camp #PeaceJam (Arua, Northern Region, Uganda) which aims to reconnect south Sudanese Refugees in Uganda through an open interaction and workshop based event. Following the recent escalation of violence in south sudan majoring in towns like Yei, Wau and Yambio of the former western Equatoria state there has been an increasing rate of refugee influx to Uganda, South Sudan’s neighboring country; Diaspora meeting to #peacejam in Edmonton, Canada; Social media awareness and peace message workshop at The Hub, East Africa in Nairobi.

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Traditional dancers & youth group, street theatre in Juba Sept 21st. Photo: Hakim George

#PeaceVillage #PeaceJam, Uganda
The #Defyhatenow initiative brings together South Sudanese youth, elders and women from four refugee cluster settlements of Ariaze A & B, Ariwa, Simbili and Eden of the Rhino Camp to a peace building event. Aimed at networking, reconciliation and connecting South Sudanese socially through open interaction, peace messaging, drama, traditional dances and music. A brief presentation on dangerous speech will raise awareness of online hate rhetoric as one of the key contributing factors to the current South Sudan crisis. The conflict has maintained a steady escalation after July 7th 2016, forcing a large number of South Sudanese to move to Uganda, now the top country hosting asylum seekers from South Sudan.

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#peacejam at Rhino Camp, Uganda #peacevillage Photo: Jaiksana

#SautiKubwa #Peacejam, Kibera Nairobi
Swahili word, translating to “the big voice,” organises fun events to bring together different communities living in Kibera slums. Collaborating with brothers and sisters from neighbouring countries to inspire people working together for peace, health & education. #SautiKubwa is a variation on the #peacejam in the form of funny short competitions including, laughing, eating and face-making (gurning). Ending with a hug, and posing for photos with the sign of peace, all are winners, Young footballers – an important part of our community for peacebuilding, will have a juggling competition & final #peacejam photo message.

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#peacejam #SautiKubwa Kibera, Nairobi Photo: Calvince

Wikipedia Peace Agents #Peacejam
A first step in the wikipedia peace agents, where wikipedia is ‘mined’ to get an initial overview of information about South Sudan, what languages are being used etc … and for things that are particularly interesting to promote peace, unity and cultural diversity to bring these into the social media sphere, via facebook and twitter. Also contacting wikipedia authors, sources & connectors.

While you are #peacejamming, actively look for; link to; comment on and share / retweet any other South Sudan related peace, unity, cultural, artistic or positive development stories, organisations (grass roots, local, literacy/education, youth, women’s, diaspora groups etc) or online campaigns.

For example, this fantastic work by #AnaTaban initiative & community of artists and activists working for peace in South Sudan.

Photo: Charles Lomodong #AnaTaban, The Guardian

Photo: Charles Lomodong
#AnaTaban, The Guardian

#peacejamming now! #southsudan world #peaceday social media #peacejam#defyhatenow Share your peace messages on social media – please use hashtags #PeaceJam #DefyHateNow #SouthSudan in your postings & tweets; repostings & retweets. Participate online by sharing your peace messages on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat etc).

#peacejam toolkit

#peacejam toolkit

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#defyhatenow #peacejam in Kibera, Nairobi

#peacejam toolkit now online!

How to join the #southsudan social media #peacejam – toolkit now online!

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share your peace messages on social media:
#peacejam #peaceday #defyhatenow #southsudan

Social Media #PeaceJam World #PeaceDay Sept 21 2016

Be part of #defyhatenow social media #peacejam on world #peaceday!

#defyhatenow #peacejam #peaceday #southsudan

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Link to #peacejam facebook event page & join #defyhatenow fb group

Add your #peacejam to the official International Day of Peace Event Map

UN International Day of Peace – September 21st 2016

Share your peace messages on social media: #defyhatenow #peacejam #peaceday

What is peace for you?

When did you last feel truly, deeply peaceful?

What are the symbols of peace in your culture / community / family?

Think about your experiences and make your own peace messages – be creative!

Write them with colourful markers, or any materials you can find (sand, pebbles). Paint or draw them. If there is a pithy and concise phrase that resonates with peace, turn it into a hashtag and start using it. Film short video messages, with your statement of peace on camera. Now you are ready to start the social media part of the #peacejam to #defyhatenow on #peaceday!

Photograph (or scan) your #peacejam messages and send them out into the world. Take photos of each other’s peace messages (if you are comfortable being online). If you made video messages, share them with #defyhatenow #peacejam on facebook!

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Peace starts within me – Iyiel Daud

South Sudan is You and I. The country is ours.

Attack problems not people

In peace we all win.

Inner peace translates to global peace

Use hashtags #peacejam #defyhatenow #peaceday along with any new ones you have invented. Send your peace messages out on facebook, to any groups you are part of, via twitter, instagram.

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The #defyhatenow initiative is focused particularly on South Sudan, although we are very interested in connecting with the South Sudanese diaspora around the world, everyone who is working for peace is welcome to join!

While you are #peacejamming, actively look for; link to; comment on and share / retweet any other South Sudan related peace, unity, cultural, artistic or positive development stories, organisations (grass roots, local, literacy/education, youth, women’s, diaspora groups etc) or online campaigns.

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Portrait by South Sudanese artist Abul Oyay

#AnaTaban is a community of young South Sudanese creatives who are tired of seeing our people suffer.

#AnaTaban provides a platform for ordinary people to make their voices heard and to draw attention to the suffering of the masses. #AnaTaban harnesses the arts to promote dialogue in the communities through music, street theatre, sculpture, poetry and just about any form of expression that could strike a chord with the public at large, and the youth in particular.

This song is dedicated to all those we have lost in this senseless war and to all those who are still here and are tired enough to make the changes we need:

Thank you for your positive energy and contribution to making the world a more peaceful place. Here are some additional resources to keep spreading peace and justice through activist strategies:

Join with people around the world– get involved in the International Day of Peace!

Beautiful Rising harnesses the insights of changemakers worldwide who are waging non-violence in cultural activism to help make our movements more strategic, creative and effective. Inspired by the concept of a “pattern language,” Beautiful Rising teases out the key elements of creative activism.

Jal Tekädä, The Journey of My Life, is a short film produced and performed by internally displaced persons (IDPs) at the UN protection of civilians (PoC) site in Bentiu, South Sudan, a town that witnessed some of the most brutal fighting of the conflict. The film tells the story of young IDPs’ journey to seek forgiveness and healing from the vicious civil war that erupted in December 2013.

Keep spreading peace, every day of the year!!!

Don’t let anyone with a political agenda derail your efforts or divide you from peaceful intentions.

Talk about what you can do next. Be actively engaged in peace on a daily basis in your own life. Keep building peace within you and inside your heart and seek professional help to overcome trauma.

Remember that every day you have the chance to choose peace, promote understanding, compassion and reconciliation through your own communication, experiences and interactions.

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#defyhatenow: Mobilising Civic Action Against Hate Speech and Directed Social Media Incitement to Violence in South Sudan.

We work together for a peaceful world offline & online and peace in South Sudan.

#defyhatenow is an initiative to combat social media hate speech by r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation, Berlin, and the Community Empowerment for Progress Organisation (CEPO), Juba.

#defyhatenow is funded by the ifa – Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (zivik) with means of the German Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt).

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10 Days of Peace Activism – CEPO

#10 Days of National Peace Activism, CEPO South Sudan
Follow us on twitter: @defyhatenow, @ceposouthsudan
Like our FB pages #defyhatenow & CEPO Make Peace Happen
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We cordially invite you to take coverage of the 10 Days of National Peace Activism marking the first anniversary of the signed Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan.

The objective of the activism is to collectively advocate for the call for peace, which is the motivating force behind the various activities under the national peace activism.

This year’s event aims at building momentum to demand effective implementation of the Peace Agreement. We would be interested to speak to you about this event and learning more about the unique individual’s peace messages.

Similar activities are happening in; Wau, Rumbek, Yambio, Torit, Yei, and other parts of South Sudan.

Visit our websites #defyhatenow and CEPO South Sudan

The ten days of peace activism is led by #‎CEPO‬ South Sudan ‪#‎defyhatenow‬ ‪#‎Women‬ Monthly Forum and ‪#‎South‬ Sudan Council of Churches.

Speak up. Educate. Share Responsibly

Responsibility on social media

Speak up. ThinkB4Uclick. Share Responsibly

Picture this scenario. Your phone beeps. You open the message and as you go through it your stomach sinks. The content is offensive to you and you wonder what your next step should be. It could be a message that is perpetrating misogynistic, tribalistic or racist stereotypes.

Are you aware that you can take back your power by telling whoever is responsible to stop sending such content to you? Do you know that this can spark a question in the sender’s mind and make them want to know more about your stance? You can turn this into a perfect opportunity to open a dialogue, and start to educate them about the personal affect and cultural context of their message.

Alternatively, picture this scenario. Your phone beeps. You open the message and your laughter makes you want to fall to the ground because your legs are not capable of supporting you anymore. You find the contents amusing because that misogynistic, tribalistic or racist joke is comic genius.

Are your fingers itching to share this offensive message with others because you think it is entertaining? Are you aware that once you forward a message, you are responsible for spreading that content, and potentially causing harm to people you know?

All it takes is one click to send, and you are transformed from the innocent receiver of an inappropriate message to an amplifier, who has enabled the the same offensive content to spread far and wide.

Have you ever stood on the banks of the River Nile in Juba and shaken your head in disgust at the filth that floats on it? Those unsightly plastic bags and empty water bottles are so annoying. I can bet you always wonder who those individuals are that are spoiling the environment and why do they toss garbage into the Nile so carelessly as if the other people who use that same water don’t matter?

As if they themselves don’t use that water? Imagine if the Nile were the internet and the garbage floating on it represents hate speech on social media, would you be counted among the innocent? If not, what garbage have you figuratively thrown into the Nile and polluted it with? Imagine the ripples along the Nile as your message travels like a stone skipping across the water.

Stop and think about how many people might be negatively affected by your actions in one thoughtless moment. Do you really want to be responsible for promoting disharmony or causing insult and potentially even inciting violence towards other people in your community? Maybe your neighbour, a friend or even family.

What should you do when you receive an offensive message?
A message that *offends your sense of what is right and wrong?
A message that unfairly targets a group of people?
The answer is simple:

Speak up. #ThinkB4Uclick. Share responsibly.

It could be words, an image, video or audio received through various social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Whatsapp. Is the message from a friend, family member or from someone you barely know? It doesn’t matter where the message originates. You have the power to stop it going any further.

People say that sticks and stones may break my bones, that words will never hurt me – but this is not actually true. Your words do have an effect on others.

Speak up. Educate. Share responsibly.

Responsibility on social media is something that many users tend to overlook because there is a false sense of being anonymous. You are hidden behind a screen, as if what happens on social media is not part of reality. Behind every social media message is a person with a conviction, an intention, a certain mindset.

  • Are your personal convictions contributing to the betterment of your society, your neighbour’s wellbeing and your country?
  • Are you standing up for justice, tolerance and understanding?
  • Whenever you can make a stand, do so with compassion, and you will make a difference!

How we respond to these messages changes us from passive consumers of technology to active and conscious creators and generators of change.

For every negative message you receive, send two positive messages.

You have the power. Use it wisely!

Speak up. #ThinkB4Uclick. Share responsibly

*some synonyms for ‘offends’ – insults / affronts / outrages / disgusts / horrifies / hurts / antagonises

Guidelines on responsible use of Social Media
#defyhatenow Social Media Code of Conduct

UNESCO Countering Online Hate Speech

HOW TO COUNTER HATE# SPEECH ON TWITTER
Stopping hate – get the trolls out Guidelines by Media Diversity Institute

#ThinkB4Uclick #defyhatenow #SouthSudan #Peace

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