Publisher: Rivers State University of Science and Technology

Social Media and Internet Security: issues and Implications

Umukoro Ese, Justice Njoku, Okechukwu Chukwuma
KEYWORDS: Audience, Perception, Legislation, Social Media, Security


   Social media have revolutionized the way humans now communicate. Communication has moved from the traditionalone way approach to what is today called the two way pattern in which there is instant interaction/feedback betweensource/s and recipient/s. This innovation is both monumental and wonderful in the world of contemporary humancommunication.However,the recent ugly dimension these social media have taken like the gruesome murder of CynthiaOsokogu, a postgraduate student of Nasarawa State University, has raised question of the correlationship between socialmedia and cyber security. This question necessitated the study which examines audience perception of the social mediaand internet security with focus on students of Delta State University(DELSU), Abraka. The study was anchored on the'social network theory'. To ascertain the perception of audience on the social media and cyber security, a sample of 396respondents was drawn from DELSU students and structured questionnaire was used as instrument to collect data. Thestudy revealed among others that the 'good social media' are now becoming the 'bad social media' as some evil elementsare using them to perpetuate crimes. The study recommended that the government of Nigeria should as a matter ofurgency make adequate legislation to regulate the use of the social media. This will help reduce the carnage socialmedia are wrecking on Nigerians and eliminate the insecurity they pose.

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