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Be careful what you post on social media, warns ministry

Published on 07 March 2018|
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Just because it’s the Internet doesn’t mean you can get away with saying anything you like.

With GE14 around the corner and emotions running high, the Multimedia and Communications Ministry is warning us to be careful of what we say on social media. Multimedia and Communications Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak reportedly said recently that social media users have grown increasingly reckless when posting on the Internet.

MCMC may be asked to monitor social media

According to Bernama, the minister cautioned social media users and bloggers to take it upon themselves and think before typing. “Don’t allow it to come to a stage where action needs to be taken against abusers of the internet and social media. After all, if you’re educated enough to use social media, then you should be educated enough to differentiate between right and wrong,” he was quoted as saying.

If things continue to spiral downward, the ministry may consider asking the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to start monitoring social media more aggressively.

“We must not allow tempers to jeopardise the peace, harmony and stability of Malaysia,” says Salleh

As election buzz circulates and the atmosphere heats up, some Malaysians have taken to Facebook, Instagram and other social media platform to air their thoughts. Sometimes, however, the discussions have gotten quite heated as people exchange various opinions.

“Why wait until the government needs to add or clamp down on the abuse of the Internet?”, he asked.

Social media etiquette for all of us

As responsible users of the Internet, we are accountable for everything we say and do whenever we interact online. Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that we are saying things in a public space. It’s akin to shouting aloud from the rooftops when you upload a public post on social media!

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You can have really great experiences on social media, but there sometimes, people distort messages or take them out of context. And that can be really harmful, not just to you, but to others.

So, here are some helpful guidelines to remember whenever you’re online:

  • Think before typing. Remember that anything uploaded on the Internet is no longer private.
  • Consider the impact of your post, photo or reaction. Will what you say raise awareness or only add to the noise? Will it be helpful to the reader, or will it stir extreme emotions further?
  • Be kind. At the end of the day, all of us don’t like to be at the end of hateful speech. So no matter what your opinions are, be objective and discuss issues maturely and responsibly.

Are you a responsible social media user, or do you think there are areas you can improve in? Let us know in the comments below; we’re all learning together!

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