News | Educate younger generation in analysing social media content – Zuraida

KUALA LUMPUR, 13th AUGUST: The next generation needs to be developed to be more mature in analysing information on social media, so that they will be able to make decisions beyond sentiment.

Minister of Housing and Local Government, Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin said, the huge amounts of ‘half-truths’ and fake news on social media have created confusion among people, which caused some to be reckless in arguments and based solely on sentiment.

She added, there is now an abundant of information that can be easily accessed through various social media sites, and eventually causes the attention span of users to become shorter.

“Imagine if someone has Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tik Tok account that presents different issues of a situation in a speedy manner, where should our attention be directed?

“More importantly, is the issue or content displayed true or fabricated?

“Thus, we need people to be mature enough to ensure that every piece of information obtained is true and from there, we can take time to think before drawing conclusions,” she said through an article published by Berita Harian today.

Zuraida explained, in order to develop the country, society can no longer rely on rhetoric and sentiment alone when making political analysis and conclusions.

As a mature society, she said, a high level of thinking should be formed through political education from an early age.

“I myself have set up several educational institutions, focusing on politics and administration throughout my career as a politician.

“Some of them are Institut Wanita Berdaya (IWB), Girl2Leader Malaysia Program and the upcoming Dare To Lead Academy to ensure the political maturity of young Malaysians can be developed from the beginning.

“The bottom line here, we must nurture ourselves and educate the next generation to be more mature in analysing information,” she said. – PPI

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