The ruling ZANU PF party says it will create provincial social media teams to articulate and defend its policies and government programmes.
This was revealed by Politburo member Munyaradzi Machacha, during a Matabeleland North Provincial Co-ordinating Committee (PCC) meeting on Sunday. He said:
We, therefore, should come up with provincial social media teams to articulate the party and Government policies.
While some people would be going to the farms while others work in industries, we should also have a cyber unit which will be involved in defending the party’s programmes on social media platforms.
Social media has become the new battlefield for control, but the opposition is using it to portray the country in bad light which is not the situation of the ground.
Machacha said the party’s social media teams will counter “lies” sent out on the platforms by the country’s detractors.
Meanwhile, ZANU PF already has a presence on social media platforms and critics have accused the party of using multiple “ghost” social media accounts to mislead the gullible.