Social media as the new power and game changer for social movements builds the focal point in a recent discuss by SMSGAfrica in its November’s edition of it fireside chat held in Jos, Plateau State.
The fireside chat with the theme: social movements and the use of social media for social impact, is geared to empower participants with information and resources needed to be able to drive social movements while leveraging on social media.
Discussants at the event; Oluwadaser David, Director-General PICTDA; Teyei Joel, Co-founder Tomruk iHub Multiverse; Maryam Mohammed, Founder Women in Leadership Initiative and Ponsah Fanap, Broadcast Journalist at Jay FM, with Nankpak Cirfat, Team Lead SMSGAfrica moderating the discuss made turns to make contributions to the discuss.
According to Mr. Teyei Joel, social movements are an organized gathering of individuals and groups who either want to show discontent or certain things from happening. Teyei went further to reiterate that social media is a game changer for social movements as it presents an open and participatory platform.
Mr. Oluwadaser David stressed need to have an identified source of information, as communication among social movements can be effective through social media which will help foster the achievement of the goals and aims of the movements.
On regulation of the social media space, Mr. Ponsah Fanap opines that government should have some form of regulation, but technology companies should handle regulation on their platforms.
Ms. Maryam Mohammed added that admins of social media groups should also regulate the kind of profiles allowed into the groups and also have some rules to guild in the sharing of content on the platforms.
While thanking speakers and participants, the founder of Tomruk iHub Multiverse, Mr. Ayuba Job David advised that government should use relevant MDA’s to teach young people how to use social media responsibly.
The November’s edition had Young Leaders and representatives from the Government, CSOs, Private Sector and the Academia in attendance, and was put together by Jos based Tomruk iHub Multiverse with support from ITEdgenews, Compunent and African Languages Hub.