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Verify Information On Social Media, A-G Warns Students, Lecturers

Attorney General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has stressed the importance of verifying information on social media. He said how one discerned information disseminated through social media could easily
01 Aug 2017 10:57
Verify Information On Social Media, A-G Warns Students, Lecturers
Students and staff members of the University of Fiji at the Vice-Chancellor’s public lecture at the University in Saweni, Lautoka, on July 31, 2017. Photo: Office of the Attorney-General

Attorney General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has stressed the importance of verifying information on social media.

He said how one discerned information disseminated through social media could easily decide on how that person thought.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said this could have an adverse effect if information was not checked for facts.

He was speaking to students, lecturers and staff of the University of Fiji while giving the Vice-Chancellor’s Public Lecture yesterday at the Saweni Campus in Lautoka.

He said most people read social media as if it actually happened.

“If someone puts up one post, you will have about 500 comments and this is done without knowing the facts,” he said.

“Many people are using it (social media) for their own advantage.

“Are we going to become critical or are we accepting the fact that what is posted on social media is fact?”

He said people were now using social media to spread false information and news.

He said people had spread hatred and racism through social media.

He warned that spending a lot of time on social media could affect one’s self or performance at work or school and the decisions one made.

“You need to make decisions in an objective environment,” he said.

“If you want to react on things posted on social media, you will not get any work done.”

He asked that with the availability of technology and access to information “what good are you doing about it?”

He asked the students whether they were using that information to empower themselves or other people.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said since the university was situated within the cane farming sector, the information should be used to improve the community in these areas.

He warned that behaviour on social media could affect one’s chances of gaining employment as some companies now went to social media to check on the person’s behaviour.

“With all that is posted on social media, one must have the energy to search for whether it is true or not,” he said.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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