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As online hate speech hits Africa, social media firms told to act

As online hate speech hits Africa, social media firms told to act

SOCIAL media used to be a source of light entertainment for Nora, a 47-year-old Zimbabwean domestic worker living in South Africa. But lately, it has become a source of fear. As she scrolls through her Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, she finds posts blaming Zimbabweans for everything from crime and drug rings to corruption - the kind of xenophobic hate speech she worries could fuel violent attacks against migrants. "People write that we should go home, that this is not our country, that we are bringing crime ... the messages spread so fast," said Nora, who asked to use a pseudonym…
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