PARALLEL SESSION 14: SOCIAL MEDIA, CONFLICT AND OFFLINE VIOLENCE
Social media has fostered community engagement and empowered activism but has also been used by malignant actors to spread hate, incite violence and target vulnerable populations. Some of the worst examples of this are seen in countries experiencing active conflict or instability. This panel discussion will focus on emerging risks, the work social media companies and other actors have done to identify and address offline harm, and will highlight the necessity of partnerships. It is an opportunity for industry to share some of the key challenges they are facing and to discuss ways in which partnerships can advance their efforts. The panel will also discuss underlying risk factors (inter-intra community violence, ethnic tensions, active conflict), the prospects and limitations of artificial intelligence and user reporting, as well as potential solutions and partnerships.