‘So­cial me­dia users have vi­tal role to play’

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: News via dig­i­tal and so­cial me­dia has be­come more in­flu­en­tial com­pared with in­for­ma­tion pub­lished on the tra­di­tional me­dia plat­form.

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak said many me­dia agen­cies and prac­ti­tion­ers did not re­alise the im­por­tance of dig­i­tal me­dia.

In his blog post at www.na­ji­brazak.com yes­ter­day, he said the dig­i­tal me­dia was the most ef­fec­tive way of ex­pand­ing in­flu­ence in an era of rapidly-ex­pand­ing tech­nol­ogy.

This fol­lowed his meet­ing with pho­tog­ra­phers and so­cial me­dia users at the Car­tel Cof­fee Shop in Bangi on Wed­nes­day evening.

Among those he met were Nas­rul Faiz (@Faizdickie), Ka­marulza­man Ali (@z.own), Hisham­mudin Hashim (@tkd­nxv), Shafiq Saleh (@shafiqanaksaleh), Adly Aizad (@adlyaizad), and Tau­fiq Nadri (@tau­fiq­nadzri).

In the meet­ing, the prime min­is­ter said pho­tog­ra­phers and so­cial me­dia users had voiced out the chal­lenges they faced, par­tic­u­larly the men­tal­ity and ac­cep­tance of so­cial me­dia prac­ti­tion­ers by the news in­dus­try.

“There is still a stigma that they are less than the main­stream me­dia or a sec­ond-grade ver­sion of the me­dia.

“I stressed to them that this is not true. In­stead, for me, they are more in­flu­en­tial com­pared with the main­stream me­dia.

“If we com­bine them, their in­flu­ence or reach ex­tend to nearly 900,000!” he said.

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak meet­ing pho­tog­ra­phers and so­cial me­dia users at the Car­tel Cof­fee Shop in Bangi on Wed­nes­day.

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