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Politics

Ugly social media wars fueling intolerance in Asia

Similar tactics are cropping up across different areas and different faiths

SIMON ROUGHNEEN, Asia regional correspondent, and GWEN ROBINSON, Chief editor | Vietnam

JAKARTA/YANGON -- An ugly new campaign against Muslims in Myanmar began around 2012 via social media, led by Buddhist supremacists and other anti-Muslim groups employing highly targeted attacks. One tactic involved posting photographs and addresses of individual Muslims on Facebook and other online forums, along with messages urging followers to attack them or to boycott their businesses.

A key culprit in this was the ultranationalist Buddhist group formerly known as Ma Ba Tha, and its precursor, the 969 movement, which often used doctored photographs and fake claims to stoke anger against Muslims.

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