Speakers highlight pros and cons of social media
LAHORE: Speakers at a seminar said social media trolls are busy discrediting and putting women down, and acknowledged vulnerability of all others owing to lack of online protection.
“Truth filters should be placed on social media,” suggested columnist and author Aisha Sarwari while speaking in a session on ‘The Role of Social Media’ at Asma Jahangir Conference. She said the existing laws represented how men saw the world.
Columnist and TV show host Wusatullah Khan said technology was a two-edged sword and the government used it to “digitally chain” individuals carrying a mobile phone. He urged the government to inform journalists and other people why they were being punished before penalising them. “The all-powerful governments must heed to this innocent demand,” he urged.
Novelist and journalist Muhammad Hanif said the youth needed to be guided on how to tweet. He pointed out officials of security institutions for tweeting as late as 3am, saying: “We should take a break some time.”