Role of Social Media Use in Democracy

Journal of Extension System
Year: 2020 (Dec), Volume: (36), Issue. (2)
First page: (55) Last page: (59)
Online ISSN: 2582-273X
Print ISSN: 0970-2989
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Role of Social Media Use in Democracy

Neelam Kumari1, Dr. Joginder Singh Malik2 and Dangi Pooja Arun3

1&3Research Scholars and 2Professor, Department of Extension Education, Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar-125004 (Haryana)

Corresponding author email id: kumarineelam440@gmail.com

Online Published:
15 Jun 2021

Received:
4 Aug 2020

Accepted:
5 Nov 2020

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ABSTRACT

Social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google hold the potential to alter civic engagement, thus essentially hijacking democracy, by influencing individuals towards a particular way of thinking.  Today, social media plays a crucial role in facilitating and transmitting content related to all the matters that have larger effect on public opinions and democracy. Due to higher use of social media among new generations, they are exposed to politics more frequently, and in a way that is integrated into their social lives. New media hailed as vehicles for providing a voice to the voiceless. But the restrictions imposed by the government on social media sites and internet services, while allowing only that content that are government friendly amounts to compelled speech. This paper explores how social media have become a platform for fake news and propaganda to influence certain audiences towards a particular way of thinking. When it comes to healthy democratic networks, it is important that the news remains true so it doesn’t affect people levels of trust. A certain amount of trust is very crucial for healthy and well-functioning democratic systems.

Keywords

Individuals, Democracy, Government and Social media