Fresh after his Emmy Award win, John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight tackles Facebook’s activity outside of the US.
Firstly, John Oliver talks about how FB’s lack of Bahasa understanding sent “Birthday Balloon” images to Lombok Earthquake victims.
Then he explains how:
“In Sri Lanka, India, and Indonesia, viral rumors and hateful comments on Facebook have led to outbreaks of deadly violence.”
He continues the in-depth section by dissecting the role Facebook has played in amplifying and abetting the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar.
It is a timely reminder that we must ensure we get our information beyond Facebook, particularly when we have an election of our own coming up.
Even though Jokowi and Prabowo have promised to play nice this election campaign, its the hidden trolls of the internet we need to be wary of.
In classic John Oliver fashion, the segment is entertaining and insightful in equal measure.
Watch John Oliver investigate Facebook’s role in Indonesia and South East Asia…