Using expert interviews and focus groups, this book investigates the theoretical and practical intersection of misinformation and social media hate in contemporary societies. Join the authors of Social Media and Hate at this public event.
Social Media and Hate argues that these phenomena, and the extreme violence and discrimination they initiate against targeted groups, are connected to the socio-political contexts, values and behaviours of users of social media platforms such as Facebook, TikTok, ShareChat, Instagram and WhatsApp. The argument moves from a theoretical discussion of the practices and consequences of sectarian hatred, through a methodological evaluation of quantitative and qualitative studies on this topic, to four qualitative case studies of social media hate, and its effects on groups, individuals and wider politics in India, Brazil, Myanmar and the UK. The technical, ideological and networked similarities and connections between social media hate against people of African and Asian descent, indigenous communities, Muslims, Dalits, dissenters, feminists, LGBTQIA communities, Rohingya and immigrants across the four contexts is highlighted, stressing the need for an equally systematic political response.
Meet our speakers and chair
Shakuntala Banaji is Professor of Media, Culture and Social Change in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. She also serves as Programme Director for the MSc Media, Communication and Development and lectures on International Media and the Global South, film theory and world cinema, and critical approaches to media, communication and development. She has published extensively on young people, children and media as well as gender, ethnicity and new media and cinema.
Ram Bhat is a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE, where he holds a PhD in Media and Communications. Prior to this, Dr Bhat spent more than a decade working on media and communication (for) development in the Asia Pacific region, including a strong association with the community radio movement both in India and globally. In 2008, he co-founded a collective in India, Maraa working on arts in public spaces and democratisation of media.
SM Rodriguez is Assistant Professor of Gender, Rights and Human Rights in the Department of Gender Studies at LSE.
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