Citizen Journalism: A Misinformation Tool

But this “citizen journalism” has a price… Social media is now bombarded with “tabloid” news purporting to be facts with no reliable sources. Hundreds of posts can literally destroy a person with the citizen journalist hiding under a fictitious name since “citizen journalism” has no code of ethics or guidelines to follow. There is no restriction, even with the libel law, that will make a citizen, specially with a fictitious name and identity, accountable to what he writes. The result, cyber bullying!

Ika nga ni Ompong

With the advent of social media as a “shout out” tool for the average citizens, it has also become a popular venue where citizens post news and events supplementing or even driving the mainstream journalism. Ordinary citizens with social media accounts are now the modern-day “para-journalists” who post status updates and videos about crimes, traffic violations, and even boxing and concert events. Thus sprung the “citizen journalism” industry!

But this “citizen journalism” has a price… Social media is now bombarded with “tabloid” news purporting to be facts with no reliable sources. Hundreds of posts can literally destroy a person with the citizen journalist hiding under a fictitious name since “citizen journalism” has no code of ethics or guidelines to follow. There is no restriction, even with the libel law, that will make a citizen, specially with a fictitious name and identity, accountable to what he writes. The result, cyber bullying!

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