PIA chief rallies SSC students to be responsible in social media

  • July 26, 2017
  • Rey Anthony Chiu

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

Over this, the PIA chief encouraged students to partner with the government in becoming carriers of "responsible information."

Discussing the topic on Responsible Social Media at the "Ugnayan: Dialogue for Progress," Clavite, who had extensive experience as digital communications consultant at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), highlighted 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 stressed 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 has caused problems. 

"Because we want to be the first [to share it] we do not care anymore if it's true," he said. 

Students have contributed 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 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, which Clavite said can be easily checked. 

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

"Be very careful and learn to scrutinize," he urged students while engaging them to improve government. (rahc/PIA7/Bohol)

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