Social Media Starting to Influence Public Policy

As the number of internet users continues to surge, social media now appears to have a significant impact on public realm. Its role in policy making has turned out to be a key area of study in recent times. A survey conducted by online consulting firm DIgitroops has discovered that some of Indonesia’s policies for instance, have risen out of pressure exerted by social media applicants. Digitroops CEO Fahd Pahdepie, while presenting the undertaking’s findings in the country’s capital city, noted that the aforementioned domain could soon turn out to be an independent entity contributing to legislative efforts.

He detailed how country’s tax amnesty came about; which was itself a move that sought to raise revenue by enabling amiable “redemption” rates for individuals/companies that were evading tax. The law was considered after heated discussions on social media condemned the money laundering strategies involving foreign banking institutions. The web based forums were triggered by revelations from the Panama papers earlier last year.




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