Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Don’t click, like and share blindly, minister tells social media users

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak advised internet users to exercise self-censorship and verify news shared over social media news feeds. He said they should not just click, like and share blindly as uploading and sharing unverified news could land them into trouble. "There are ethical and legal implications when one shares unverified news and information online," he said in his latest posting on his blog. Salleh said there was a need to understand the details behind the headlines or truth about a story. "As most social media fraud experts warn 'If it is too good to be true, it's probably a scam," he said. He cited several examples of false news reported on the social media, like on an extortion case in Sarikei, Sarawak, last month, which went viral. "Irresponsible posts like these can create unnecessary confusion, anxiety and in some extreme cases, panic and fear among the general populace," he said. He also advised Internet users against liking or sharing dubious social media feeds as they could be posted by scammers. "Most of these posts seem harmless - posts that asks you to like and share a photo to win an iPad or to like a post if you hate cancer, for instance. "Thousands of these photos are circulated. While most users think that sharing these posts on their timeline is harmless, there is a negative side to it," he said. – Bernama, February 17, 2016.]]>

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