Fake news in Myanmar: Social Media verification workshop

An informal workshop on verifying news and information spread across social media was held recently at Phandeeyar in Yangon, Burma, led by the Foundation’s Special Advisor, Sanjana Hattotuwa. Amongst the confirmed participants were: Media and Media Support Organizations Irrawaddy BBC Media Action Kumudra and Modern Journal Democratic Voice of Burma Myanmar Journalism Institute Civil Society Organizations PEN Myanmar People in Need Burma Human Rights Network Myanmar ICT Development Organization Center for Diversity and National Harmony Women Peace Arakan Network Funders, Researchers, INGOS Andaman Research and Advisory Peace Support Fund The Swedish Burma Committee Fortify Rights Humanitarian Dialogue Center Covering Google, Error Level Analysis for images, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and other topics, the workshop was anchored to the source evaluation module of a longer course run by the ICT4Peace Foundation on the use of new media in crisis management. The workshop also drew on Sanjana’s experience of countering-rumors and violent extremism in Sri Lanka.

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Fake news in Myanmar: Social Media verification workshop