The pitfalls of social media on the political front

Much like any useful tool, social media can be seen as a double-edged sword

Much like any useful tool, social media can be seen as a double-edged sword —It has the power to allow an individual to personally communicate with the world. Messages can be curated to exact a specific statement to a society. It’s all about interaction.

It also has the power to prevent face-to-face communication and can result in many individuals posting things they don’t mean or that are offensive in nature.

As a candidate in a federal or provincial election, using Twitter or facebook to connect with voters can be seen as key. It gives them the opportunity to communicate directly with voters, respond to questions and get information out about where they will be making face-to-face appearances beside the traditional forums and door-knocking.

As a candidate in a federal or provincial election, using social media tools can also be harmful if in the past, the candidate made some rather frivolous or offensive statements or posted unflattering or offensive photos.

Take for example, independent MLA for Calgary-Bow Deborah Drever who was elected as an NDP MLA on May 5th in the provincial election.

It didn’t take long for social media hounds to comb through her personal history to find a few questionable photos. Most were willing to take them with a grain of salt, due to Drever’s young age and inexperience.

But then, another photo was found, this time on her instagram account, calling former Premier Jim Prentice and Rick McIver an offensive term, contradictory to the NDP stance on LGBTQ and acceptance.

Drever was then forced to apologize and was suspended by Premier Notley from the NDP caucus.

It was always a question to the Alberta NDP why they did not vet each candidate, combing through their past, especially on social media. Could this embarrassment have been prevented?

The most recent casualty of a social media pitfall in this federal election is a former Liberal candidate for Calgary Nosehill.

Ala Buzreba was the latest candidate to have her social media feeds, especially Twitter, looked at through with a microscope, and some didn’t like what they found.

Buzreba was forced to apologize on Aug. 18th for some tweets she posted as a teen four years ago that were offensive. Later that day she stepped down, and prompted Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau to make a statement.

It really is surprising young candidates like Buzreba and Drever did not show more social media savvy. Anyone running for public office, especially knowing the benefits and pitfalls of social media, should ensure their social media accounts and feeds are – if anything – rather bland.

 

 

Just Posted

Blood donor clinic set for Dec. 24th in Lacombe

Canadian Blood Services has called for more than 30,000 blood donors across the country

U19 Sting ringette goes 3-2 in Lacombe tournament

Spruce Grove goalie keeps Central Alberta out of medal round

UPDATE: Lacombe Generals finish 2018 on four-game win streak

15 goals in two games has Generals sitting pretty

40-year Big Brother match a gift to Lacombe man

Andy Pawlyk and his Little Brother Chris Selathamby honoured at BBBS Awards Night

Lacombe Police Service rolls out holiday roadside check stops

Officers with approved screening device can request a breath test from anyone they lawfully stop

WATCH: CP Holiday Train rolls into Lacombe

Kelly Prescott performed for hundreds of Central Albertans

Canadians to get low-cost data-only mobile phone plans within 90 days: CRTC

Bell, Rogers and Telus will provide plans as cheap as 250MB for $15

Four per cent of Canadian women report being sexually harassed in the workplace

One per cent of men report being sexually harassed in the workplace

Stricter drunk driving laws to take effect across Canada today

It gives police officers the right to ask for a breath sample from any driver they lawfully stop

The prize was wrong: Man turns down trip to Manitoba

A New Hampshire man won the prize on “The Price is Right”, but turned it down because the taxes were too high

B.C. securities regulator probes ‘most expansive’ alleged trading scheme in its history

Liht Cannabis Corp states it’s doing internal investigation, welcomes BC Securities Commission probe

Air passenger rights: 6 things about what the Liberals are offering

For 3- to 6-hour delays, compensation is $400. Between 6 and 9 hours, $700. Over 9 hours is $1,000

Missouri poacher ordered to repeatedly watch ‘Bambi’

Sentence comes from one of the largest deer poaching cases in state history

Energy assessment law needed to avoid another Trans Mountain impasse, PM says

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s overhauling the program

Most Read