Leon Monitors the effects of social media on Liberia’s democracy. LEON has confirmed from its LTO reports that Facebook and WhatsApp are popular in urban areas and are being increasingly used by organizations, political entities, and individuals to spread messages. Other social media platforms have yet to make an impact in the country.
LEON has trained social media monitors who reported on hate speech and incitement across Facebook from May to August 2019 during the Council of Patriots protests. From this experience, LEON conducts social media monitoring on a regular basis and addresses issues of how to report on comments on other people’s sites and live feeds, which need real-time monitoring and is more time-intensive.
LEON is concerned with the need to monitor defamatory posts against female aspirants in the run-up to the Senatorial elections.