Why Facebook is losing the war on hate speech in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar – In April, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told U.S. senators that the social media site was hiring dozens more Burmese speakers to review hate speech posted in Myanmar. The situation was dire. Some 700,000 members of the Rohingya community had recently fled the country amid a military crackdown and ethnic violence. In March, […]

Should Facebook Flee Myanmar?

Last week, United Nation investigators briefing the press about the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar pointed their fingers at a surprising perpetrator: Facebook. The officials said that hate-filled Facebook posts have helped amplify deadly ethnic tensions in the country, where military strikes since last August have spurred about 700,000 Bengali Muslims to flee to Bangladesh from […]

Myanmar Freelance Start-Up Aims for Substantial Growth in One Year

IN LESS than one year since its September 2016 launch, Chate Sat, Myanmar’s first ever freelancing platform where users can find or offer freelance work, has gathered more than 5,000 freelancers and 900 employers on its network. Honey Mya Win, co-founder and chief executive officer of Chate Sat, said on Sunday that the start-up recently […]

A company of my own’: the rise of Myanmar’s tech pioneers

“It’s always been my ultimate goal to have a company of my own,” says Htun Khaing Lynn, or Zack, as he prefers to be called. Last September the 22-year-old engineering graduate from Myanmar’s eastern Shan state co-founded online truck-pooling service Kargo, which connects individuals and businesses who need to move goods around congested Yangon. Cars […]

Silicon Valley school comes to Yangon

Budding entrepreneurs dreaming about quitting day jobs to found successful start-ups will soon have access to a Silicon Valley-designed training school that aims to help them do just that. Yangon-based innovation lab Phandeeyar is opening a Myanmar chapter of the California-based Founder Institute to cater to what it says is a huge pool of local […]