Facebook ‘bug’ asks if we’re safe from earthquake that hit Myanmar two years ago

“Did you feel the earthquake?” people across Myanmar asked each other yesterday. Most people hadn’t felt anything, and those who did were wrong. There hadn’t been a recorded earthquake in Myanmar for over a week. The idea of the phantom earthquake, it turned out, was planted in our minds by Facebook. On Tuesday afternoon, the social ...

Tech

Twitter concealed evidence of automation during ‘botmageddon’

Twitter concealed evidence of automation during ‘botmageddon’

Twitter hid its source code from public view days after the code was cited as evidence of automation among some of the bot-like accounts that suddenly came into existence last...

Evidence of automation raises additional questions in Twitter ‘bot’ surge

Evidence of automation raises additional questions in Twitter ‘bot’ surge

After a week of intense scrutiny and speculation about the origins of faceless Twitter accounts that recently began following journalists in Southeast Asia by the hundreds, the...

Angry Myanmar activists grab Zuckerberg’s attention on hate speech

Angry Myanmar activists grab Zuckerberg’s attention on hate speech

A whoop of disbelief erupted in the small office used by anti-hate speech activists in Myanmar when they spotted the name that had dropped into their email inbox: Mark Zuckerberg....

Facebook apologizes after Myanmar groups blast Zuckerberg

Facebook apologizes after Myanmar groups blast Zuckerberg

Facebook apologized on Friday to Myanmar civil society groups who took issue with Mark Zuckerberg’s defense of the platform’s record on curbing hate speech roiling...

Facebook defends track record on fighting Myanmar hate speech

Facebook defends track record on fighting Myanmar hate speech

Facebook said Tuesday it is “seriously” fighting hate speech in Myanmar, following blistering criticism from UN officials who said the platform had morphed into a...

A new site is tracking cases brought against journalists under Myanmar’s notorious 66(d) anti-defamation law

A new site is tracking cases brought against journalists under Myanmar’s notorious 66(d) anti-defamation law

The #SayNoTo66D coalition wants to end the country’s biggest legal threat to free speech. By VICTORIA MILKO / Splice Sitting in a downtown coffee shop in the bustling city...

Facebook says page of firebrand anti-Rohingya Myanmar monk removed

Facebook says page of firebrand anti-Rohingya Myanmar monk removed

Facebook has removed the page of a Myanmar monk once dubbed the “Buddhist Bin Laden” for his incendiary posts about Muslims, the company confirmed, as it faces...

Myanmar farmers going against the grain with apps

Myanmar farmers going against the grain with apps

A free app on farmer San San Hla’s smartphone is her new weapon in the war against the dreaded stem borer moth that blighted her rice paddy in southern Myanmar for the last...

Myanmar launches fourth telecom operator MyTel

Myanmar launches fourth telecom operator MyTel

Myanmar’s fourth telecom operator MyTel launched its services yesterday during a ceremony at the Kempinski Hotel in Naypyidaw. MyTel is a joint venture including a consortium of...


 

Coconuts Yangon Tech

Like much else in Myanmar, tech is a fast-changing industry. Economic reforms, including the entrance of two foreign telecommunications firms in 2014, have given way to a spirit of innovation coinciding with widespread internet access. The tech hub Phandeeyar makes the news every every couple of months after it helps launch a new app, whether it be about local restaurants or Burmese slang. Like in many parts of the world, debate and discussion about gender often arise within the Myanmar tech world, hopefully resulting in a more equitable distribution of the fruits of the country’s tech boom.