Are there ethics, rules and regulations for social media blogs?

Cambridge dictionary‘s definition captures the context in which I refer to ‘no man’s land’ i.e. that area of activity where there are no rules, or that no one understands or controls because it belongs neither to one type nor another’. Of late, I have come across different social media platforms (pages or blogs) both on Face book and YouTube, which are either managed or ‘owned’ by self-styled Ugandans, with a sizeable following. While some never disclose their identity others comfortably reveal themselves when they post video message clips. In some of their posts they play the role of a self-appointed counsellor or commentator on a wide range of issues but mostly social life, save for a few who are obsessed with politics and governance deficits.
They seem to be operating from the most comfortable zone, what I call ‘no man’s land’ because at times the themes they select or the language they use would obviously be censored in conventional media either for political sensitivity or on ethical grounds.
In other instances they have not only attacked personalities but also succeeded in dragging them into social media battles and some have actually reached the frontline, only to expose themselves the more in attempt to fight back. I sympathise with them because they end up legitimating the stories and intensifying the ‘bush fires’.
Julius Zaake Wasswa,
madalakafoundation@gmail.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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