POLICING THE SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORKS — AN IDEA WORTH CONSIDERING?

IN a debate on the topic, “Should social media be regulated,?” the globally recognised commentator on the subject, Mr. Mark Courteny, said it is clear that the pace of innovation and explosion of the internet has outstripped the pace of regulation and safeguarding and therefore, time for its regulation.

He however recognised, that it would be extremely difficult to regulate the entire internet and people overtly identified, but recommended the setting up of a responsible body with the authority to track illegal activities back to their perpetrators.

Mr. Courteny further suggested that people should be made to travel on the internet highway, with the equivalence of a car registration plate issued upon proper verification by a responsible body or provider to identify persons where and when necessary, as well as the sites visited.

However, just like the real highway, if there is an issue, such as speeding or dangerous driving, the body should be able to bring it under check, or control.

He said apart from providing assurances to other users of the “highway”, it would ensure that everyone would act responsibly and eliminate the perceived “untouchability” on the internet.

Indeed, the perceived notion of “untouchability”, sometimes drives people to do the unthinkable, as done by Ms Ada, the YFM radio presenter on the social media.

If she and her accomplices knew they could be traced, it is probable that they could not have ventured into those slippery waters.

It is becoming increasingly disturbing, how the social media is being misused diabolically in recent times.

The Times is extremely disappointed that the social media which is an invention for the social good, has been turned into a platform for negative information and propaganda.

It is repugnant and extremely offensive for Ms. Ada and her gang to use the social media to hoodwink the entire country into a frenzy with a prank, and setting everybody on edge.

We agree that the internet needs very little regulation, lest we curtail freedom of expression and freedom on the internet.

However, we support any regulation which would identify those who use it for offensive and dubious reasons, and bring them under check, if not blacklist them totally.

We are in essence calling for a public debate on this critical topic of whether or not the social media should be regulated.

 

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