🎧 ‚ÄėThe Daily‚Äô: When Facebook Rumors Incite Real Violence | New York Times

Listened to ‚ÄėThe Daily‚Äô: When Facebook Rumors Incite Real Violence by Michael Barbaro from nytimes.com

A series of damning posts on Facebook has stoked longstanding ethnic tensions in Sri Lanka, setting off a wave of violence largely directed at Muslims. How are false rumors on social media fueling real-world attacks?

On today’s episode:

‚Äʬ†Max Fisher¬†and¬†Amanda Taub, who have reported on Sri Lanka for The New York Times.

Background reading:

‚ÄĘ Fraudulent claims of a Muslim plot to wipe out Sri Lanka‚Äôs Buddhist majority, widely circulated on Facebook and WhatsApp, have led to¬†attacks on mosques and Muslim-owned homes and shops¬†in the country.

‚ÄĘ Facebook‚Äôs algorithm-driven news feed promotes whatever content draws the most engagement ‚ÄĒ which tend to be¬†the posts that provoke negative, primal emotions like fear and anger. The platform¬†has allowed misinformation to run rampant¬†in countries with weak institutions and a history of deep social distrust.

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