Friday, July 21, 2017

PIA chief rallies SSC students 
responsible social media use

LARENA SIQUIJOR, July 19 (PIA)--As the fire of terror spreads across the globe and razes in some areas in the country, support groups are igniting students' idealism to rally support of terroristic activities, Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Director General Harold Clavite warned Siquijor State College (SSC) students.

Over this, the young Cebuano speaking PIA head instead rallies students to partner with government in the task of becoming carriers of 'responsible information, a PIA mandated task.

Bringing the topic on Responsible Social Media at the Ugnayan: Dialog for Progress here in the island of fire, Clavite who had extensive experience as digital communications consultant at the United Nations, highlighted on the strategic role of right information towards empowerment especially with sparks of terrorism bursting in some areas in the country.

"A well-informed Filipino is an empowered Filipino," Clavite swiped on the PIA's mandate inside the packed SSC auditorium filled with high school and college students who admitted owning social media accounts.

Picking on the trending propensity of social media users to share and post just about anything without much of introspection, he said the reporter mentality "because we want to be the first [to share it] we do not care anymore if its true," has caused problems.

Students have most recently been active social media users contribute to the 4.75 billion content shared daily and in uploading 300 millon photos daily.

"If one is not responsible, in one way or another, we are becoming instruments causing panic," Clavite, whose agency has asked facebook to take down the jihadist posts getting viral of the Islamic States of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), said.

In recent years, in the country which has over 47 million active social media users, posts like fake news, shares from satirical sites and unvetted information have trended.

Some of those shared are posts from groups mascarading as legitimate, but are fake sites, bogus accounts and trolls.

He said these can be easily checked.

Check the URL, links, common misspells, errors in grammar and make sure these are sites with editorial vetting policies, he advised.

Be very careful, learn to scrutinize, he urged students while engaging them to improve government.

We want to work together as carriers of communication, he dared Siquijor students. (rahc/PIA7/Bohol)

A digital communications consultant of the United Nations and now PIA Director general Harold Clavite has been going around the country appealing to social media users to be responsible in posting and sharing unverified, unvetted information which has also helped fan the fires of terrorism in the country. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol file photo)

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