Social Media Etiquette—A Message on Online Communication

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Recently, Facebook, the social media giant, has opened a local office in Kuala Lumpur. This is part of its expansion in the region, following the launch of the Philippines office last month.

As a Facebook user myself, I am very aware of how influential social media have become. Every time I log into Facebook, I do not just gain information about my friends, but I also get to read news and important updates from all around the world. These information are vital in helping me and Mon Space Group engage with the community.

Facebook’s influence is especially huge in Malaysia. According to the head of KL office Nicole Tan, Malaysians spend more time watching video on their smartphones than consumers in any other country in South-East Asia. There are currently more than 18 million Malaysians on Facebook, and 6.5 million people on Instagram, which the company also owns.

I want to raise awareness to proper social media etiquette today. Lately, I have noticed some troubling behaviours on Facebook—far too often when we are able to say whatever we want behind a computer screen, we forget that we are actually talking to real people, and what we say can have serious consequences.

One of the most glaring trend that I realised is that people often share, comment and post statuses without thinking of fact-checking. Many are eager to spread false news and gossip, or make comments in a very rude way.

These behaviours are problematic—for example, I have seen many people posting articles about “magic cures” to sicknesses, “how to lose 5kg in three days”, or “how to stay fit while eating whatever you want”. Many of these information are unfounded or have zero scientific backing, yet when posted, can mislead the public.  Many people who spread these information often do it with the good intention to help others, but are unaware that they are actually contributing to the spreading of false information.

Sometimes, even without spreading lies, people can engage in cyber-bullying online. A UK study in 2013 shows that 65 per cent of teenagers were subjected to abuse in cyberspace. Cyber bullying can happen through abusive commenting, taunting, or threatening.

How do we ensure that we do not take part in spreading wrong information or cyber bullying? Firstly, we should always be wary of the content that we post. Only share information that comes from credible sources such as established news outlet or scientific authorities. Secondly, we should be very careful with the language that we use. Before posting anything, I always ask myself: would I offend someone or make people feel uncomfortable by saying this? Can I communicate my message in a more polite and effective way? If the answer is yes, I try to rethink and rewrite my posts.

Let’s try to be kinder and more vigilant with what we say. After all, technology and progress is not meant to drown us in false information and rudeness, but it is supposed to make lives better for everyone.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]我曾是网络霸凌受害者  更懂智慧使用网络




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