SOCIAL MEDIA AS PLATFORM FOR POLITICAL EDUCATION IN NIGERIA: APPRAISAL OF STUDY OF FACEBOOK AND TWITTER

The research investigated social media as platform for political education in Nigeria: Appraisal of Facebook and Twitter. The increase use of social media in this digital era has redefined the scope of political communication in Nigeria. Social media offer platform for political debates, and political mobilization. The study was anchored on Technological Determinism and Social Viral Model. Survey research method was adopted in which data were collected among Bingham University students using questionnaire. Four hundred (400) questionnaires were distributed, out of which three hundred and sixty (360) copies were retrieved and analysed. The data collected were analysis using Frequency and Percentage Method. Findings show that many of the respondents search and participated in political debate and discussions on social media before, during and after the election, in the same vein, social networking usage during the election was very high for the first time in Nigeria political history, no wonder many submitted that their participation in the election was as a result of the online discussion platform such as Facebook and Twitter. It is recommended that social media should be improved to enhance better public mobilization, sensitization and true democracy in Nigeria through citizen sensitization programmes.

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