Are you in favour of setting a Social Media Council in Malaysia?
[ Programme Segment: Evening Edition ]
Yesterday Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said social media has now become not just the latest trend in modern communication but a necessity to the Malaysian community. As such a social media council needs to be set up in the country to discuss various issues and aspects relating to the law and usage of the media.
Based on the article that came out on The Star Online yesterday, Dr Rais said there were about 12 million users of social media in the country of all ages.
(Putting that number in context, that is about 2 out of every 5 Malaysians who uses social media!)
Dr Rais made this announcement when delivering his keynote address at the Asia Media Information and Communications Centre / University Teknologi Mara International Conference in Shah Alam yesterday.
He added that we as a nation need to understand what is wrong in terms of the law in the normal world is also wrong in the cyber world.
He specifically said that it is in this context that the idea of the social media council should be debated and if there is a favourable response from the community of social media practitioners, then the social media council could be set up.
So we are taking his cue and debating this point today. We know that many BFM listeners use social media – we have some 9,000 fans on the BFM Facebook page and over 32,000 followers on Twitter – it's absolutely appropriate for us to debate this point today! (But we are of course not limiting this discussion to those users of social media only.)
We ask: Are you in favour of setting up a social media council? Do you think it is necessary?