President: Bullying and homophobia are mis-uses of social media

President Michael D. Higgins has said social media should be used for the benefit of the public and should not be abused.

The President is spearheading 50 events across the country on the issue of ethics. The aim is to boost community values and active citizenship.

He believes that the area of cyber-ethics has a role to play.

"This question of there being an ethical setting is terribly important," he said "(Some recent) suicides…are appalling indications of the abuse of a technology that could and should be used for public benefit."

He said examples of a failure to use social media for public benefit are its use in bullying and homophobia.

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