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Howard head: Ignore social media

Dr Wayne Frederick, president of Howard University
Dr Wayne Frederick, president of Howard University

PEOPLE need to ignore commentary on social media if they want to get a proper understanding about this country's politics.

Howard University president Wayne Frederick made this comment during his Distinguished Jurist Lecture 2019 at the Hall of Justice in Port of Spain on Tuesday night.

Frederick, a Trinidadian by birth, confessed it was difficult for him to find anyone in TT to have a frank discussion with about the country's politics.

He opined that people's willingness to believe everything they see and hear on social media, without analysing it, could be the problem.

"We are far more willing to take off our robes and expose our words behind these devices," he said.

He said the reality of social media is one can never be certain who they are speaking to and if what is being said is the truth, so he suggested it was better to ignore social media and have face-to-face conversations with people.

Recalling he was involved in an exercise to review the country's health sector, Frederick said he received excellent treatment at the San Fernando General Hospital for his sickle-cell anaemia.

He added that a lot is not done to promote the good work being done by various institutions in TT.

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