Researcher advocates social media morality

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The forum of Politikoffee, organized by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. _Ven Rathavong

A researcher urged all Facebook users in Cambodia to use social media responsibly and respectfully toward others, this being the only way to ensure freedom of expression.

Dr. Pa Chanroeun, director of the Cambodian Centre for Applied Philosophy and Ethics, said that there are about seven million Facebook users in Cambodia, and that most people their news from social media like Facebook rather than from traditional media (newspapers, etc.)

“According to my research, over 75 percent of Facebook users are using it in an immoral manner,” he said.

At the Politikoffee’s weekly forum on Saturday, May 19, the participants heard him say that one should be wary when using Facebook because too many have too little knowledge of the pitfalls related to modern digital communication.

Dr. Chanroeun made it very clear that posting defamatory or libellous content,  or contents that encroach national security or social order is punishable by law. The laws of the Kingdom protect those who do not engage in such frivolous behaviour, but social media users should be better informed – by the government – as to the “dos and don’ts.”

Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan is also of the opinion that the exchange of opposing views and opinions must not degenerate into mudslinging or insults.

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