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From Myanmar to US, disinformation floods social media

World attempts to balance powerful communications tool with societal freedoms

RIHO NAGAO and TORU TSUNASHIMA, Nikkei staff writers | Myanmar

TOKYO -- A 24-year-old woman living in Mandalay suffered deep lacerations in mid-February after a stranger denounced her as ethnically Chinese Burmese and "not of our number."

Nwet Sandi Kyaw, is not alone. Since the military coup on Feb. 1, Myanmar has been hit by violent upheaval, and amid the chaos, Burmese of Chinese descent have been called out for myriad perceived sins -- not taking the side of the people, not participating in public protests, and paradoxically, not fighting on the side of the military.

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