Atom Araullo gets extra cautious of social media

by Bernie V. Franco
Apr 5, 2019
Kapuso news anchor and reporter Atom Araullo is of two minds about the impact of social media to society. He says, "I feel like it’s a powerful tool to hold the important people to account," at the same time, "everybody makes mistakes... you can get crucified for it. I don’t think that’s right.”
PHOTO/S: Noel Orsal

Bilang isang public figure, aminado si Atom Araullo na maingat siya sa kanyang kilos o galaw sa panahong malaki ang epekto ng social media.

Sa panahon ngayon, ang isang post ay may kakayahang makasira sa reputasyon at kredibilidad ng isang tao—public figure man o ordinaryong tao—dahil sa isang pagkakamali lamang.

“Siguro parang it becomes added motivation for you to do your homework and also be very careful with the stories that you do, and your behavior both online and offline, whether or not you’re covering or just relaxing at a café, off duty,” pahayag ng 36-year-old news reporter at anchor.

“Unfortunately," patuloy ni Atom, "I’m a public figure so, in the meantime, I just have to think very carefully about things that I do both online and offline.”

Nakausap ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at isa pang reporter si Atom sa press conference ng Stand for Truth, ang upcoming weeknight online newscast nitong April 5, Biyernes.

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SOCIAL MEDIA CAN BE VICIOUS

Hindi kaila kay Atom ang kapangyarihan ng social media na makasira ng tao.

Pero para sa kanya, pagkakataon ang pagkakamali para matuto.

“It can be quite vicious. Parang everybody makes mistakes, right?

“The difference is that some people make mistakes on video and it becomes public.

“Can you imagine, every stupid decision that you made when you were a kid, when you were in college, being broadcast to anyone?

“I’m sure that all of us have done something ridiculous that we don’t want anyone else to know.

“But for many people, you deal with that privately, and that’s how you grow.

“Parang you realize your mistakes and you become a better person.”

Nagbigay pa ng halimbawa si Atom tungkol sa isyu ng pagiging kontrobersiyal ng public figures dahil sa mga nag-viral ng videos, photos, at posts.

“But, unfortunately, especially for public personas, every once in a while it becomes this huge talking point when something private shared to a wider audience… or you know, it doesn’t have to be a private moment even.

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“For example, he said something stupid, in the heat of the moment, that’s not well thought of, you can get crucified for it.

“Unfortunately, that’s the situation at the moment.

“It’s the sign of the times, but I think that as we all move forward as a society, we’ll also learn proper etiquette on how we should behave online.”

IS SOCIAL MEDIA GOOD OR BAD?

Hati ang opinyon ni Atom kung nakabubuti ba o hindi ang social media, lalo na sa pagpapa-viral ng videos na sangkot ang isang tao.

“I’m of two minds about that.

“Parang I feel, like, it’s a powerful tool to hold the important people to account.

“For example, if a public official is caught doing something very bad, by all means we can use the power of social media to let them know.

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“Pero, at the same time, when somebody has had a bad day... nasa MRT, sinigawan ni Manong Guard, parang, is it really right to gang up on this person for that mistake?

“I’m not sure about that, kasi the effect will rebound, not just that moment.

“For you, it’s just one tweet.

“For you, it’s just a post on Facebook and you’ll forget about it.”

Ang simpleng tweet o post daw ay maaaring mag-viral at pag-usapan ang isang tao, na mahuhusgahan, kahit hindi alam kung ano ang pinagdadaanan nito.

“You talk about the person and sometimes medyo difficult to live their life, natatanggalan sila ng trabaho, they suffer problems about self-esteem.

“I don’t think that’s right.”

Aminado si Atom na inaaral pa niya upang makasabay sa pagbabagong dala ng digital age.

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Samantala, magsisimula ang Stand for Truth sa April 15.

Mapapanood ito mula Lunes hanggang Biyernes, ika-8 ng gabi, at live stream sa GMA Public Affairs YouTube account, GMA News Online, at iba pang social media sites ang GMA Network.

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Kapuso news anchor and reporter Atom Araullo is of two minds about the impact of social media to society. He says, "I feel like it’s a powerful tool to hold the important people to account," at the same time, "everybody makes mistakes... you can get crucified for it. I don’t think that’s right.”
PHOTO/S: Noel Orsal
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