Maximus believes the police must rather build capacity to enforce those laws instead of taking a unilateral decision to ban social media use.
The IT Consultant who was disappointed in the idea by the police, said it is a lazy way of trying to forestall any kind of misinformation on the day.
“The idea should not be entertained. It doesn’t help our democratic credentials. How will people express their views about what is going on that day,” he asked.
He added that “There are already laws policing the publication of false information in the public domain, including social media. You can be prosecuted,” he said.
“ They should rather work to enforce those laws, rather than decide to shutdown social media use.”
“At one stage I said that if it becomes critical on the eve and also on the election day, we shall block all social media as other countries have done. We’re thinking about it,” John Kudalor said.
However, Maximus Ametorgoh believes more can be done to curb irresponsible use of social media in the build- up to the elections, which will ensure that there will be no need for social media platforms to be shutdown on election day.
On how the Police can build enough capacity before the elections to properly police social media excesses without shutting down platforms, the CEO of Pop Out Ghana said,
“Setting up a social media data centre or powerhouse is very easy. There are software that can tour the entire social media platform looking for key words and all that. And they can monitor all those things online. It is not rocket science.”