Social media made JD81 million in ads from local market — gov’t

Gov’t Communication Minister outlines hate speech situation, response

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AMMAN — Social media platforms garnered more than JD81 million in profits from advertisements in the Jordanian market last year, Government Spokesman and Minister of Government Communication Faisal Shboul said on Sunday.اضافة اعلان

Shboul was speaking during a national conference titled "Hate Speech and Misinformation: Impacts and Methods of Reduction", organized by Al-Hayat Center for Civil Society Development (Rased), local news outlets reported.

Combatting hate speech, misinformationDuring the conference, the minister explained that crimes of defamation, libel, and contempt rank first in complaints and lawsuits submitted to the authorities in Jordan, representing nearly two-thirds of crimes committed through social media, followed by threats, indecency, and fraud.

Meanwhile, false news, including fabricated and fake news, make up “the greatest danger currently threatening countries and societies”, especially when it comes to targeting homeland security and economic stability and spreading political propaganda.

"We all have a duty to strengthen the role of the media in the face of hate speech and misinformation,” Shboul said, noting that the ministry has plans to intensify its efforts in this regard.

Another area requiring attention is assaults on privacy and the targeting of children, women, and the most vulnerable groups within society, with both far-reaching implications and immediate dangers, especially in conservative societies, he said.

An Arab response to hate speechGreat advances in modern means of communication have provided humanity with an “unprecedented opportunity” not only to communicate, but also to express themselves outside the limitations of local media laws and charters, Shboul added.

Last year, the Council of Arab Ministers of Justice began discussions on drafting a law to prevent hate speech, he noted. Currently, the council is in the process of proposing a unified Arab definition of hate speech.

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