#EIFasks – Social media and democracy

#EIFasks – Social media and democracy


being a member of the Parliament in my
campaigns that I did I use more more than social media and it could reach
more people and via these these instruments we have more direct contact
so in general I’m very positive for my own outcome of the voter and my
reelection every time six months ahead of the European elections we are using
our platforms being Facebook being a YouTube Instagram or Twitter in
different ways of course adapting to let’s say the rules of this different
platforms and the people who are there who are behind but we are trying to do
much more than that and that’s for the first time this idea of engaging and
creating activism creating a network of volunteers a network of citizens who
decide not just to engage in voting but also in helping people to get the right
information and moving people to the poll stations and that’s something that
you can do now because of social media or because this positive part of the use
of social media social media has presented itself in a lot of different
ways to a lot of different communities but overall looking at the way that
people interact on social media to connect with family and friends and find
communities whether it’s political or not people are able to learn more about
each other and engage in debate on the platform and so I think for me looking
at the social media landscape people are engaging with it in positive ways every
day we’re able to see some great examples of communities coming together
around causes people to engage in political debate and raise issues and be
able to communicate much more directly and closely to their elected officials
and politicians the media environment is key for any democratic organization and
power today is played out in the media so the movement from space of digital
communication and mass communication to mass self communication completely
changes the way and the structures in which the media acts and
Media creates a democratic system so that’s why this has become a pivotal
issue and of course it’s been very raised very aware now with the Cambridge
analytical scandal and various election results in the past years how important
it is to look at this issue it will be the most important battle of the next
ten years we as people are not alone on the social media it’s estimated that
around 15 percent of Twitter accounts are run by bots all the things that we
do online are being used to profile us as the users people are using this
information to look for tiny preferences of each individual and for our
weaknesses to be exploit in the future no matter what happens on the
technological side there’s always the human factor it turns out that the
willingness to believe sensational data in social media is a real phenomenon and
debunking false news doesn’t always make people change their mind once they heard
the fake news so we have to work hard on increasing the awareness of how to spot
people trying to manipulate our viewpoints we have big platforms that
can give us more voices that are criticizing us more voices that are
contributing to developing our programs that we present but it gives us also a
lot of fake accounts the negative way to campaign is getting rougher and rougher
for me it’s something negative and we have to find ways that we change this
and the best way in my opinion is media literacy we have to teach our younger
generation generations but not only how they should tackle the information how
they should analyze it

Danny Hutson

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