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Should bloggers be responsible for their content?

Should online influencers have a responsibility to deliver good content?

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Influencers should be liable

Yes, people should always be liable and made responsible for what they post on social media. People get highly influenced by what they see and get fed with lies. There needs to be some kind of moral responsibility among such creators to ensure that the content produced is well researched before being posted for consumption by all age groups. No one should be allowed to abuse people’s trust, which they place in the content being marketed or fed to them.

From Ms Priyanka Paul

Kochi, India

A moral responsibility

There are limits for everything and no one is above the law. People who are using social media can play a positive role in society. That is what I try to do. I am very active on social media, especially on Facebook, and I share motivational video clips with positive text. I give my opinions online, truthfully. These qualities come from within, and show your image and personality. It’s each individual’s responsibility to be honest and straightforward, without misguiding and misleading anyone.

From Mr Ahmed Eftekhar


Right content is mandatory

Social media is a very powerful tool nowadays and it can easily influence the minds of others. It is true that a lot of people have used it as a platform to market themselves or to make themselves more visible to the world. These people definitely have a social and moral responsibility to produce the right content, content that is not fiery or insensitive. It is nice to express ones views freely but at the same time we should not hurt the sentiments of others. For me personally, my blog has helped create awareness about dyslexia in my home country. It helps me to disseminate information about effective teaching practices and to share my experiences. We all need to consciously work through different platforms to create a safer and better world. May all bloggers be enlightened to spread goodness and cheer around through their creative work. It can be beneficial, the bloggers and society.

From Ms Remy Dias


Filtering content is important

Those who keep pace with the latest technological innovations use online blogs and YouTube as a platform. Everything depends on each individual person and the content they create. The answer to ‘What am I doing?’ and ‘Why am I doing it’, may never match with someone’s moral responsibility. Only money matters for many. The notion that anything and everything will easily move in the market, make such people display whatever is handy for them. The common people who all go online to pick content to watch have to be wise.

From Ms Annie Rathi Samuel


Skills and techniques

A lot of people have used social media as a platform to market themselves and become famous. I have seen that some people are capable of creating followers for their group with their good communication skills and knowledge. They will have thousands of followers to their name. It requires some techniques and has to be liked by people. Many influencers are popular through social media sites like Facebook. They periodically meet their followers over lunch and dinner in big hotels. They are heroes on the social media platform. They attract others with their skills and have a great following on the social media platform. This is an art.

From Mr K Ragavan


The companies should be responsible

The corporations should have a moral responsibility to deliver good services and good products without ‘influencers’. These YouTube stars and bloggers will automatically die out when corporations don’t hire them anymore.

From Mr Ahmed Shumayal

Abu Dhabi

Humans make mistakes

Online influencers do have a moral responsibility because a lot of people follow them and look up to them. They need to be aware of the kind of content they are putting out. Recently, many influencers have had to face the music for the kind of videos they were posting. While I understand that they are human too, and make mistakes, this is the consequence of being famous. Moreover, I feel like the social media brands that support such bloggers should be held more accountable for the kind of content they are allowing on their sites.

From Ms Sheena Rajiv


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