In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s focus on disseminating information through new media, Information and Broadcasting Ministry is planning to use ‘WhatsApp’ and also integrate other social media platforms to hold ‘Talkathons’. While the ministry has been widely using Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to publicize important events, it has yet not utilized the potential of WhatsApp, a senior official said. Also Read - WhatsApp is soon to change the way your data is backed up: What it means?
“One of the reasons we have not used WhatsApp much is because there is a limit to the number of members that can be added to a group. And to manage multiple groups, a customized software solution is needed. But we are now considering possibilities as to how this medium can be used to reach the people,” a ministry official told PTI. Also Read - WhatsApp introduces 'Papa Mere Papa' stickers to celebrate Father's Day: How to download, send?
The official added that the ministry is also planning to use more widely interactions that it calls ‘talkathons’, which were first held at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2014. “By integrating different social media platforms, the ministry is planning to hold talkathons. At IFFI, interactions were held where a panel deliberated live on YouTube questions which were fired by the audience in real time on Twitter,” the official said. Also Read - Father’s Day 2021: Here's Best WhatsApp Happy Father’s Day stickers, wishes, GIFs, messages, quotes and more
The ‘talkathons’ at IFFI were received by film lovers with much enthusiasm and the I&B ministry now has plans for more such interactions in the future, the official added. The I&B ministry has a wing that specializes in utilizing the new media for the spread of information. The ministry and its associated bodies have over 16 lakh followers on Twitter, nearly 90,000 YouTube subscribers and a substantial following on Facebook.
It has managed to carry out a vigorous online coverage of important events live, including PM’s address at Madison Square Garden, IFFI opening and closing ceremonies, launch of flagship programmers and ‘Good Governance Day’ celebrations, officials said.
They said that in the coming days, the new media wing plans to spread awareness online about the activities on Swami Vivekananda’s birthday on January 12, which is celebrated as the National Youth Day.