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Social media used to fan ethnic tensions in Herat

Social media used to fan ethnic tensions in Herat

Aug 15, 2016 - 16:49

HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Some residents and anthropologist blame civil societyinfo-icon organisations for fuelling ethnic and linguistic differences in western Herat province.

A number of youth allege Facebook, a social media network, has become a tool of promoting ethnic tensions and divisions in society. They urge responsible use of the medium.

Ali Ahmad Faizyar, a Herat City inhabitant, told Pajhwok Afghan News: “This social medium has become a source from of fanning ethnic and linguistic differences.”

Navid Momand, another young dweller of Heart City, said: “Social media Apps such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have both positive and negative aspects.

“Some use them in for academic and educational purposes while others employ them for stoking ethnic tensions and other types of rifts.” He believes the enemy could also use social media networks for spying.

Mohammad RafiqShaher, a political analyst, says the use of social media outlets depended on society and the level of differences existingin it. People should have the freedom of expressing their views independently, he stresses.

He recallsa big fuss was created over the use of “Pohantoon” and “Danishgah” for university in Pashtoinfo-icon and Persian respectively. A heated debateensued among students on choosing one of the words for the university signboard. 

Faisal Karimi, mass communication and online media teacher at Herat the University, says one negative impact of using social media networks is fueling tensions and discussion of divisive issues.

He suggests public awareness and educating the people on how to use the facility and avoid stoking tensions among different communities.


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