Ghana Police to revive social media accounts
According to the service’s director of public affairs; Superintendent Cephas Arthur, the defunct online accounts will be revived in the coming weeks to help the police engage the public.
“We have a strong ICTdepartment at the police. But so far, their work has been involved in investigating [crimes committed with new technologies] and not engaging people on social media. We are working very hard and soon, we will be strongly represented on social media.”
He said this at Blog Camp 2016, an annual congregation of bloggers and social media users organized by Blogging Ghana.
There was public uproar when the Inspector General of Police, in a press interaction, said blocking social media during the elections was an alternative the police was considering if the country became very tensed because of the spread of falsity online.
This led many to criticise the police for thinking about banning a platform it does not even use. The last tweet from an account widely believed to have been run by the police was in 2011.
In an interview with Pulse News, the project lead of Ghana Decides (Blogging Ghana’s election project) Kinna Likimani, announced that they were willing to offer the police training on how to engage the public on social media before, during and after the elections.
“The concerns about social media are founded but like any media platform, the solution is not a clampdown…The minute a Ghanaiansign on social media, the police should have been there. So the police using their work to inform, engage, combat crime and protect us online goes beyond election…As long as Ghanaians are online, the police should be there.”
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