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Social Media: Between Reality And Fantasy


Last update: 19/03/2017

By Yasmin Ahmad Zukiman

KUALA LUMPUR, March 19 (Bernama) -- "The prices of RON95 and RON97 are expected to increase next month"....and in the blink of an eye, the social media will be swamped with analyses and comments from "cyber economic experts" who do not have the actual facts.

These writers are ever ready to pounce on the first chance to heat up even a non-issue, without any thought for credibility and accuracy, sending their comments viral on Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and every other social media platform.

The excitement of discussing issues like the price of global crude oil or current economic situations without any understanding has become a wall that separates reality from the fantasy that clouds the minds of keyboard warriors.

Without any thought to the effects and consequences, they race to spread the 'news' without first checking the facts, in their bid to be the first to have that information.

To the Dean of the College of Law, Government and International Studies in Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), Associate Professor Dr Ahmad Marthada Mohamed, the way to curb this worsening trend of spreading false news on the social media is through legal action.....