Social media; obstacle for national unity-MS – Do You Believe?
President Maithripala Sirisena today said that the facebook and other social media platforms were an obstacle to build national unity and religious reconciliation in the country. “Extremist groups using this medium are attempting to create unrest in the country and all should understand this situation,” he said addressing an event in Nuwara Eliya.
However, President Maithripala Sirisena completely fail to recall that he was the only candidate use social media as its first place to take the power and win the last presidential election. Unfortunately The same tool that he used to take the power believed as a threat for the national unity and religious reconciliation in the country today.
when we consider the history, The first heavy wave of social media political campaign emerged at the final stage of the war & even during the post-war period. The second biggest wave of social media campaign started along with the 2010 presidential election. Users created their own communities, shared their thoughts & opinions, posted their own videos & pictures, created their own funny corners for both sides & even conducted their own surveys. Things got more progressive during the presidential election of 2015. Some may already considered this can be the first ever cyber election in Sri Lanka. Executive Presidency, Constitutional reforms, Good governance, corruptions, nepotism, judicial systems, Media freedom & human rights were the main themes highlighted & discussed in social media. This year’s presidential election was a historical as we witnessed an extraordinary use of social media by both candidates as well as by the youth.
When MS was the emerging popularity & the topic in social media, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa campaigned mostly on traditional media & even tried attacking the social media advertising on traditional media. But today President Maithripala Sirisena stand against social media highlighting that social media is major obstacle for national unity.