Don’t abuse What­sapp for po­lit­i­cal gain

The Manica Post - - Comment & Feedback -

EDITOR — I would like to ap­pre­ci­ate the tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ment that has coined ‘What­sapp’ as a cheaper so­cial me­dia plat­form to so­ci­ety.

What­sapp has eased com­mu­ni­ca­tion within fam­i­lies, busi­nesses, churches and so­ci­ety as a whole.

How­ever, I have just dis­cov­ered that this no­ble so­cial me­dia plat­form is be­ing abused, es­pe­cially for po­lit­i­cal rea­sons.

Yes, What­sapp might be abused in a num­ber of ways but the way it’s be­ing abused po­lit­i­cally is very touch­ing. Po­lit­i­cal is­sues are a bit sen­si­tive to po­lit­i­cally driven coun­tries like Zimbabwe.

Peo­ple in Africa take their coun­tries’ pol­i­tics se­ri­ously and in some case you will find that lives are lost as a re­sult of pol­i­tics.

In that sit­u­a­tion you find peo­ple for­mu­lat­ing and cir­cu­lat­ing po­lit­i­cal is­sues on What­sapp, thereby dis­turb­ing and com­pro­mis­ing peace.

I will cite an ex­am­ple where a mes­sage was cre­ated and cir­cu­lated through the What­sapp that there is a group 300 peo­ple who had been de­ployed in Zimbabwe to kill peo­ple.

The whole coun­try went in tremor only to re­alise that it was a hoax with ul­te­rior mo­tives to tar­nish the new dis­pen­sa­tion.

Re­spected peo­ples’ pic­tures are an­i­mated to suit some­one’s de­sire and po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ests.

This is a to­tal dis­grace. The gov­ern­ment must not waste money on cre­at­ing a min­istry to curb this be­hav­iour.

The money must rather be used for some other de­vel­op­men­tal is­sues other than these un­nec­es­sary cor­rec­tive is­sues.

We can joke and do all sorts of funny on What­sapp but let’s not do the same with is­sues so sen­si­tive to the so­ci­ety.

I want to urge those who might need to cam­paign, as we head to­wards the elec­tions, not to use this so­cial me­dia plat­form.

Those who have enough knowl­edge of so­cial me­dia know that the in­for­ma­tion from these me­dia is not well founded and authen­tic.

Some­one has to wait for con­fir­ma­tion from the tele­vi­sion, ra­dio or press news.

Con­clu­sively, let me again urge mem­bers of the pub­lic to use the so­cial me­dia in a way that brings hap­pi­ness, teach­ings and peace to the so­ci­ety other than cre­at­ing so­ci­etal un­rest.

Aaron A Kany­oza Mutare

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