THERE seems to be a competition between those on Facebook about posting breaking news.
PNG’s mainstream media has an undeclared competitor.
The media’s job in maintaining balance between truth and public perception and in ensuring to remain just and objective is now being challenged by social media.
Unfortunately, social media in PNG has been thriving on conspiracy theories and is being used by people to vent their hatred and malice towards others.
Social media is a vital source of information and education, when used properly with proper control mechanisms, it can bring forward positive development for users and their communities.
While every Papua New Guinean has the qualified right to broadcast or publish and to partake in a public assembly, that right comes with responsibility as well.
Being responsible is lacking in social media at the moment.
Let the truth prevail!
Pihi Manus, Pom