‘Facebook is a toilet’: John Oliver explores Myanmar hate speech

Myanmar is the star of the latest episode of the news satire show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, in which the comedian takes aim at Facebook for its role in spreading anti-Rohingya hate throughout the country. Facebook has been accused of aggressively expanding to Myanmar, as well as other countries, without setting up the proper ...

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Myanmar military chief banned from Russian social media platform VK

Myanmar military chief banned from Russian social media platform VK

Three weeks after Myanmar’s military chief was banned from Facebook over his role in the genocide against the Rohingya in Rakhine State, he has also been banned from the Russian...

Myanmar military chief’s Twitter activity spikes after Facebook ban

Myanmar military chief’s Twitter activity spikes after Facebook ban

The office of Supreme Commander Min Aung Hlaing has accelerated its use of Twitter since being banned from Facebook yesterday over its role in what UN investigators have described...

Facebook bans Myanmar military chief, removes 70 accounts and pages over ‘hate and misinformation’

Facebook bans Myanmar military chief, removes 70 accounts and pages over ‘hate and misinformation’

Facebook has removed 18 personal accounts, one Instagram account, and 52 pages linked to the “spread of hate and misinformation” during the Myanmar military’s clearance...

New Coconuts app is your gateway to juicy Yangon stories

New Coconuts app is your gateway to juicy Yangon stories

This is not a drill, folks. Here at Coconuts, we just launched the newest, freshest, and coolest app in town — for your reading pleasure, of course. We know you’ve got tons of...

Student’s comment sparks Burmese #GamerGate

Student’s comment sparks Burmese #GamerGate

At a roundtable forum on youth literature hosted by Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi at Mandalay University on Aug. 11, a student named Nandar La Min Aye made a seemingly...

Brutalized by Yangon police, couple uses Facebook to secure justice

Brutalized by Yangon police, couple uses Facebook to secure justice

Ko Sithu and Sandar Win Aung were eating at a roadside restaurant at 2:30am on Saturday. After a long day working at Laundry King, the couple’s laundromat business in downtown...

Yangon 4G speeds top Tokyo, Hong Kong: report

Yangon 4G speeds top Tokyo, Hong Kong: report

Yangon’s 4G upload and download speeds are the fourth-fastest in East Asia, according to a report released last week by the telecommunications insights group OpenSignal. The...

Rumors swirl of MyTel’s Buddhist extremist links

Rumors swirl of MyTel’s Buddhist extremist links

Netizens are debating the veracity of a rumor suggesting that the recently launched telecoms operator MyTel has subtly endorsed the nationalist 969 Movement, an islamophobic group...

Facebook’s face-saving Myanmar tour becomes fake news fodder

Facebook’s face-saving Myanmar tour becomes fake news fodder

A series of actions taken by Facebook this week in an effort to repair its reputation in Myanmar have produced the opposite effect – a torrent of fake news. On Tuesday, Facebook...


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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.