Hate Speech on Facebook Is Pushing Ethiopia Dangerously Close to a Genocide. Ethnic violence set off by the assassination of a popular singer has been supercharged by hate speech and incitements shared widely on the platform.
Throughout his life, Ethiopian singer Hachalu Hundessa sang about love, unity, and raising the marginalized voices of his Oromo ethnic group. He had always tried to keep his work and politics separate, saying, “Art should not be subject to political pressure.”
But it became increasingly difficult for him to keep these two worlds apart, thanks to a politically-motivated dis information campaign orchestrated on Facebook through a network of newly created pages and designed to demonize Hundessa.
The incendiary campaign claimed Hundessa abandoned his Oromo roots in siding with Prime Minister Ahmed Abiy. Abiy, Ethiopia’s first Oromo leader, has been heavily criticized by hard-line Oromo nationalists who believe he has abandoned his heritage by appeasing other ethnic groups. Continue reading at Vice