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Stirring up hatred through social media

Tensions are rising between ethnic and religious groups in Myanmar, and so-called unofficial blogs and websites seem determined to fan the flames of conflict

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  • Newspaper section: Spectrum
  • Writer: Mon Mon Myat
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In the often murky world of Myanmar's social media, propaganda is ubiquitous. Be it pro-military or anti-anything from Muslims to the media, to Aung San Suu Kyi, the nation's Facebook pages and blogs are full of it. 

While we can never know exactly who is responsible for creating these platforms, their content can provide clues to the identity of their authors. Many regularly feature the national flag, while others favour images of the warrior king statues that stand at the entrance to the Defence Services Academy in Pyin Oo Lwin.

Despite the secrecy, Buddhist monk Ashin Issariya, who was arrested for his role in the 2007 ''Saffron Revolution'', said he is convinced that many of the sites are the work of the military.

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