Zimbabweans embrace social media but are alert to its dangers to society

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Most Zimbabweans who are familiar with social media see its overall effects on society as positive, according to a new Afrobarometer survey. Most citizens want to protect unrestricted access to social media and the Internet.

Most citizens are familiar with social media, and about four in 10 say it is a regular source of news for them.

A large majority of those familiar with social media say it helps keep people informed about current events, though many are also alert to negative effects of social media, such as making people less tolerant and more likely to believe lies.