Read all about it: social media in Southeast Asia

By: Joana Maria Tacken - Posted on: August 13, 2014 | Culture & Life

As Southeast Asia’s digital landscape further expands, social media is becoming a vital part of consumers’ lives

By Joana Maria Tacken

 

As Southeast Asia’s digital landscape further expands, social media is becoming a vital part of consumers’ lives. Although giants such as Facebook and Twitter remain the preferred communication channels in many countries, lesser-known local networks are emerging.  However, as one form of media soars, freedom of the press remains a challenge. None of the region’s nations received a favourable score in this year’s World Press Freedom Index, contributing to rises in civil discontent. In nations such as Thailand and Vietnam, where users are spending about 16% of their time every week online, this lack of media freedom poses a significant stumbling block to an equitable society.
As Southeast Asia’s digital landscape further expands, social media is becoming a vital part of consumers’ lives. Although giants such as Facebook and Twitter remain the preferred communication channels in many countries, lesser-known local networks are emerging. However, as one form of media soars, freedom of the press remains a challenge. None of the region’s nations received a favourable score in this year’s World Press Freedom Index, contributing to rises in civil discontent. In nations such as Thailand and Vietnam, where users are spending about 16% of their time every week online, this lack of media freedom poses a significant stumbling block to an equitable society.

 

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