LABUAN, Feb 28 – The Umno social media and information technology bureaus should keep abreast with current developments in order to ward off unfounded allegations and fake news which are deliberately created to smear the image of the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) government.
Umno information technology bureau chairman Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan said this was important in view of the impending general election. “We want to see all Umno social media and IT bureaus across the country play an active role in disseminating information on government’s programmes that benefit the people at large,” he told Bernama after visiting a noodle factory, here today.
The Umno Supreme council member said party members, especially those hoping to become election candidates, should be IT-literate and be actively involved in social media applications such as WhatsApp, telegram, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Ahmad said this was important as social media plays a significant role in political campaigns, as they could be used to help political leaders, especially potential candidates, reach out to the people at all levels, especially the youth.
Ahmad said the impending election will see an increase in slanders and unfounded allegations from various parties that must be effectively addressed by Umno social media and IT bureaus. He reminded social media users not to abuse, but ethically use, the platform when sharing verified news and information.
“We must not simply share unverified or fake news that will only lead to repercussions and confusion among the people,” he said. Ahmad added that the fake news and slanderous statements were not created by the BN machinery, but by those who were ‘bankrupt of issues’. — Bernama