Let me start this by appreciating every person who has lent their voice against injustice of any kind that people suffer from. To everyone who has stood against oppression and reduce the suffering of others, you are wonderful. To our twitter activists, what you do are always noticed and celebrated.
However, there are more to online journalism which some of us might have ignored. It is just sad that many users just want to trend the hashtags and follow the trends without doing some background researches. The blame-sharing and shaming have to stop. There is a lot we are missing out on. They include research, fact, stating the truth and judging after hearing both sides of the story. These are what our darling twitter activists are always ignoring while they voice out against trends like rape, paedophilia, corruption, social unrest and the rest of them.
Yes, the social media platform has a status for being a place where memes and ‘jabs’ flow willingly than significant conversations and it’s incredible to see a Twitter debate where anyone changes their viewpoint. So, Twitter should not be a place where you dump your ideas. As regards the above, kindly make use of these recommendations in future.
1. The importance of mental health: Know that no one is a criminal yet until he is convicted by the court. Don’t speak over their voices or explain things back to them. Try to canvass your argument without necessarily assassinating the character of the party alleged of a crime.
2. Fact-checking: Ask for more clarification. Get the facts of the trend. Do not just base your arguments on what people are trending. Try to get more information. Be credible. Fact-checking the information you get makes you smarter.
3. Hear both sides: Get used to being wrong, getting called out, and changing your opinion. Information on Twitter moves fast. It’s easy to share a quote, scenario or a fact and discover that you made a mistake. Standardize by altering your viewpoints when presented with new information. If you’ve tweeted something wrong, don’t delete it. You can post a new update and link to that update in the original tweet. Also, ensure you hear both sides before criticising and be flexible with your arguments. Know that your argument may be faulted and stand to be corrected.
Remember Twitter is more than hashtags. While lending your voice, always remember to be credible, factual, reasonable and be fair.