The Weaponization of Social Media

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December 11, 2019

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Social media has emerged as a powerful tool for communication, connection, community and, unfortunately, conflict. It’s created new, highly accessible channels for spreading disinformation, sowing divisiveness and contributing to violence, persecution and exploitation. The impact social media has on communities is complex and rapidly evolving. It stretches across international borders and challenges traditional humanitarian aid, development and peacebuilding models.

This new paradigm requires a new approach.

Mercy Corps has partnered with Do No Digital Harm and Adapt Peacebuilding on a landscape assessment called The Weaponization of Social Media: How social media can spark violence and what can be done about it. This assessment examines how social media has been used to drive or incite violence and to lay the foundation for effective, collaborative programming and initiatives to respond quickly and help protect already fragile communities.