President John Mahama has urged Ghanaians not to destroy the opportunities presented by social media by using it to spread falsehood.
In a Facebook post on Friday, the president stressed the benefits of social media, saying it allows people to get in touch with one another more easily, to receive and spread information, and co-ordinate among themselves without having to rely on already existing organisations.
"Through social media, we all get a voice in our democratic conversation."
President Mahama, however, pointed out that the freedom offered by social media had enabled the dissemination of falsehood by some users of the medium.
"While I do love creativity, I don’t think this is the most useful way to be creative- false realities are a waste of time and energy. Fortunately though, social media also allows some opportunity to separate the truth from the lie by giving us the chance to check the facts," he said.
The president urged Ghanaians to check the facts, and not engage in acts that will undermine the benefits of social media.
His comments come barely a week after news broke om social media that Allotey Jacobs, the chairman of the National Democratic Congress in the Central Region, had been arrested in the UK on "drugs-related money laundering charges". The reports turned out to be false.
The Inspector General of Police John Kudalor has already stated that his outfit was considering blocking access to social media on election day to prevent its abuse by some members of the public.