Week 5

So now that we have learnt all about Social Media and how it can either help or hinder a business, this week’s focus is about the Government and Social Media. In my opinion, the Government and Social Media don’t necessarily go hand in hand, it’s either social media is helping members of the Government to lose their jobs by posting stupid things, or they Government is trying to use social Media so spy on other people. So it doesn’t really work well.


In New Zealand, there seems to be a lot of MP’s who are on some sort of social media, whether it be Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube. Most of their profiles are public, with only a small number of MP’s having restricted profiles. They tend to use these platforms to promote their campaign for the election season.

Facebook users per party
Twitter users per party

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How does the Government affect Social Media? 

There are a few important risks that come with Social Media, some of these include privacy and security. There are multiple laws now in order to help users of social media to feel more secure and to make sure they are going to continue to use the platforms. Some of these laws include The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), this means that it is forbidden to obtain information from a child under the age of 13. The Information Quality Act (which passed in 2001) makes agencies maximise the things given to the public, which includes but is not limited to the quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of information and services. With these, and more laws coming into play, we can see why the Government puts them there because without the laws the internet wouldn’t be a safe place for anybody.

A good example of how Government affects Social Media includes the 2016 elections between Trump and Clinton. There were so many different hashtags made and they were using Social Media to their advantage creating tags that offended the other.


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The Government has come up with key policies and questions to make sure that in the future Social Media and the Government can coincide together, Some of these fall under the headings of Social Media Use, Access and Social Inclusion, Privacy, Security, Accuracy, and Archiving, Governing and Governance and New Democratic Models.


So that’s Week 5, let me know if there’s anything I can improve on,




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