Social media operators seek responsible practices in cyberspace
PLAYERS in the social media ecosystem have advocated responsible practices and discretion in maintaining sanctity of the online platform.
This view was shared by different speakers at the maiden edition of the Bodex Social Media Hangout held in Lagos.
The event, which had some of the leading names in the online and offline media in attendance, saw them bring on the front burner the sweeping influence of the Internet-enabled innovations and the need to protect the national security.
The speakers agreed that they had to consciously manage how the platform was being utilised as channels of communication in order to protect national security and promote social harmony in the country.
The Chief Executive Officer, Bodex Media Group, Ms Florence hungbo, who hosted the event, said, “We can no longer dismiss the influence of the Internet and its creations.
“We need to recognise them as the greatest agenda-setting tools in the modern world, but we now need to exercise great caution in the way we deploy them as engagement resources.”
Earlier, the Executive Assistant to the Lagos State Governor on New Media and Public Relations, Mr Olusegun Fafore, speaking on the ‘Consequences of insidious comments in the cyberspace’ warned that the way words were used could connote either negative or positive intentions.
He stated ‘insidious’ in the topic was the key word, “which is an adjective, qualifying the noun ‘comments’.
he added that “without the qualifier, which expresses attitude and disposition, the word ‘comments’ in the cyberspace context might not ordinarily be a subject of concern to anyone.
“But where comments become ‘sinister’, ‘treacherous’, ‘deceptive’, ‘false’, ‘threatening’ and ‘disturbing’, they become destructive to our social composition. Then we need to become measured.
“We need to exercise high level of prudence and discipline in how we engage online, particularly when the benefit of context is lost to technologycreated facelessness.”