Freedom of speech means to articulate your opinions and ideas within the limitations of law. It is also known as freedom of expression. Everyone in this world is born free and has the right to express his feelings on any platform within the boundaries set by the law.
Social media is the fastest way of communication. Facebook, twitter, Myspace, tumbler etc. are used by millions of people as a social tool for expressing their point of views. In recent times Facebook has emerged as most used platform all around the world. People find it easy to share their views behind a screen rather than communicating in front of large audiences. People vent their anger or rankle without performing violent actions on social media.
Social media mostly helps introvert people who find it difficult to socialize with other people. Internet gives them a great way to communicate and socialize without feeling nervous and their confidence rises by sharing their views.
In a country like Pakistan, people use social media to criticize, humiliate, offend, insult and hurt others in the name of freedom of speech. People make vague excuses by saying that they can humiliate anyone and can even use unethical language because it is their right and no one can stop them. Some Political and religious parties play a role for creating hype amongst the people in order to use this agenda for their own benefit.
Some recent examples of such cases include “Qandeel Baloch”. She was sentenced to death by portraying her murder as owner killing. Lots of other people lost their lives because social media audience never accepted the roles they played in the name of freedom.
All these people had freedom of expression. They had the liberty to speak, then why people took the law in their hands and tortured them miserably. Why general public decided their fate? It was the responsibility of the Government and not the general public to take action against them if they were doing something intolerable. Who has given the right to general public for taking law in hands?
As there are always two sides of a coin, similarly the bright side of social media is to enhance education and knowledge. Whenever print and broadcast media tries to provide inaccurate information regarding politics or any other issues, such information becomes viral on social media and people start debating on the issue. The debate results in finding of lots of hidden information that was not shown by the media.
Social media has also played a vital role in creating awareness among the people. They can now easily access to political issues, Religious knowledge, social issues. Majority of people take part in highlighting the hidden agenda behind the problem. This has given more power to common man. Communicating with a diverse group of people nationally and internationally has helped people to eliminate cultural gaps while at the same time strengthening the bonds between multicultural groups.
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