28. Juli 2021

Digitaler Salon: Platforms in conflict

Join a panel discussion (in German) on how social media has polarised societies, how to govern platforms and how to utilise them for peace.

Social media play a major role in communication between political actors and citizens. They open up spaces for civil society engagement and protest movements, but they are also venues for nationalist and misanthropic hatred, as well as breeding grounds for ethnic violence. But at the same time, activists and NGOs worldwide have build trust and intervene in conflicts via social media. For example, in the multidimensional crisis in Lebanon. Here, influencers help to resolve tensions between different groups.

What can be done when states ban access to social platforms? What responsibility do Facebook and other social media platforms have when fake news and hate speech polarise society? And is there hope for a more peaceful coexistence online?