Foundation for Social Transformation (FST), a philanthropic organization as a responsible group organized a conversation meets titled ‘Loss of Objectivity of Social Media – A Millennium Concern’ at their office in Uzan Bazar in Guwahati on 3rd August. The meet brought together youth, students, academicians, and media experts under one roof to discuss the growing concerns connected to the use of social media.
The main objectives of the meet was to discuss the impact of social media on the society and particularly on youth, understanding the consequences of impulsive reaction to social media posts, and the social, political and cultural impacts of fake news, analyzing the terrible effects of social media in negatively channelizing the conflicts of cultural and ethnic identities in the Northeastern states.
The panel members included journalists, professors and technical experts. The debate discussed some possibilities to curb such menace. Indrajeet Bhuyan, professional blogger and media entrepreneur from Guwahati said, ‘Facebook has immense potential to track the activities of its users and hence we should be careful while using it. There are legal systems for regulating social media but the reach is so vast that users have to be careful and know how to use it smartly.’
Florence Handique, assistant professor at Royal Global University said, ‘People are too much into the virtual world today and human interaction is very less. Hence, there are many problems. Youth should seek information from books and not from social media, as is the scene today.’
With the rise in crimes like lynching and spreading the fake news on social media to mislead people, it is helpful that social organizations like FST are coming up with frequent awareness programs.