Attending a workshop on social media for MLAs, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav advised the legislators to “exercise caution” while commenting or following people on social networking websites.
The ‘social media for democracy workshop’ was organised on Saturday by an NGO for legislators, ministers with with few legislators from BJP and Congress, too, arriving at the CM’s official residence where experts from Google, Facebook and Twitter gave detailed presentation on how to use the sites effectively.
“I caution the legislators that they are under constant watch on social media. Anyone you follow on Twitter or search for would become known to everybody,” the chief minister reportedly said during the workshop.
At the workshop, experts like Twitter’s India head for government, news and politics, Raheel Khursheed, Google’s Fatima Jamal answered the legislators’ queries.
“Most of the queries were regarding uploading pictures on Twitter. We also advised them about proper usage of hashtags and using right keywords,” Pallavi Gupta, Managing Director, Fifth Estate later told The Indian Express. She also said that most of the legislators were aware about social media such as Facebook and Twitter but had little information about Google hangouts. “We asked them to be more regular on social media so that when their name is searched, proper results are shown.”
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Not so net-savvy MLA Ghazala Lari said that she had deactivated her Facebook account out of fear that it may be hacked. “(Today) all my apprehensions have been taken care of and I will reactivate my account soon. We can counter negativity only by showcasing positive things,” Lari stated.
The CM, after the rout in Lok Sabha elections, has become more frequent on social media. Separate twitter handles have been activated for chief secretary, state government and the CM, with all of them being regularly updated. Directions have also been issued to every officer for their presence on social media.