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Roundtable-06: MESSAGING APP COMMUNICATION AND ITS EMERGING CULTURAL AND SOCIAL IMPACTS IN ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONS
9:00am - 10:30am
Session Chair: Jee Young Lee
Location:P413A (cap. 54)
MESSAGING APP COMMUNICATION AND ITS EMERGING CULTURAL AND SOCIAL IMPACTS IN ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONS
Sora Park1, Jee Young Lee1, Fiona Suwana3, Sun Ping2, Chen He4
1Univeristy of Canberra, Australia; 2Institute of Journalism and Communication, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; 3Queensland University of Technology; 4The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Social media, including messaging apps, have become valuable resources to citizens, allowing immediate access to quality information and news. Digital platforms are used as communication channels within social networks, allowing individuals maintain their social relationships. Within these social networks, citizens are increasingly sharing information that are relevant to their everyday lives. “Connection” and “sharing” are now rearticulated as affordances of social media platforms (Bucher, & Helmond, 2018), which are increasingly reshaping the way of seeking, accessing and disseminating information. According to the Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2018, the use of messaging apps to share news has grown, with half of news consumers using messaging apps such as WhatsApp for news (Newman et al., 2018), indicating an increasing preference for more private and less confrontational spaces to communicate as a medium of information sharing. This report also recognises the growing trend of information sharing via social media platforms, in particular messaging apps, where content sharing is related to groups’ own interests and collective identities rather than general public interests, more pointing out that social platforms are becoming increasingly popular places to seek reliable information.
The panel focuses on the growing trend in communication and information sharing via messaging apps such to discuss the need for more robust ways of identifying and understand the massaging app communication and its emerging cultural and social impacts in Asia-pacific regions, where the messaging app has been increasingly used for communication and information sharing. We offer a global perspective by drawing upon cases from Australia, China, Indonesia, and Korea, which will give insights into the new practices and issues that are emerging due to the growing adoption of messaging apps for reliable information sharing.