KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 (Bernama) — The proliferation of Facebook pages calling for action on certain issues cannot be considered as a true reflection of the wishes of the majority, Malaysian Press Institute (MPI) chief executive officer Datuk Chamil Wariya said.
He said those clicking on the “Like” button could come from the same person or from the same group.
“However, the relevant parties should strive to follow the discussions in these pages,” he told Bernama.
Chamil acknowledged that such pages have become among the main options for people to air their views.
“This is a healthy development because it provides a platform for people to voice out; however, I’m worried that these pages could be manipulated by certain quarters to further their own interest,” he said.
Cheras Umno division chief Datuk Wira Syed Ali Alhabshee said people should take the comments on these pages with a pinch of salt because an individual can posed as someone else and leave a comment.
“Facebook is open to manipulation because a person can assume the identity of another and post a comment under the guise of someone else’s identity,” he said.
Internet user Mohd Hafeez Mohd Hanafiah, 30, said some of the comments could be used as a feedback but the number of Likes cannot be taken as a reflection of the feelings of the society.
Another user Fairuz Omar said even Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was obtaining feedback through his Facebook account.
Malaysians are increasingly using the social media to call for action on certain issues, the recent being the proposed imposition of six per cent mobile pre-paid service tax.
Najib has called on the telecommunications companies to defer the tax.
Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim announced Monday that the companies had agreed to defer it.
Source : Bernama