By Sunny Nwankwo, Umuahia
The Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Engr Chinedum Orji has advised youths and social media users to stop using social media to promote falsehood and destructive criticism.
The Speaker stated while featuring in a special moderation at the Abia Social Media Converge which was held at the Dr Michael Okpara Auditorium, Umuahia.
The Speaker said the social media space is one of the best mediums to keep leaders in check but only if properly utilized by its users.
He frowned at the abuse of the social media by some of its users who only use it to serve malicious and destructive purposes by needlessly maligning leaders through fabricated stories and hearsays motivated by sheer and undeserved hate usually orchestrated by bitter opposition politicians in the State.
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The Speaker said it is so sad that even some bloggers in the state will dubiously and purposely publish false articles in order to get recognition from target leaders in the State, emphasising that such bloggers in the State are usually sponsored by politicians in a bid to score cheap political points.
“The social media can be used for good or bad. Most of my friends here who are bloggers, sometimes when they try to get your attention and they don’t get it at their own time, their next move would be to forcefully get that attention by publishing falsehoods to the public,” the Speaker said.
According to the Speaker, the best use of the social media would be to use it to constructively make the society move in the right direction and firmly, but fairly keep leaders in check.
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