So­cial me­dia op­er­a­tors seek re­spon­si­ble prac­tices in cy­berspace

The Punch - - INFORMATIO­N TECHNOLOGY - Sa­muel Awoyinfa

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.”

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