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New report indicates 80 per cent of Jamaicans use social media

Published:Wednesday | April 15, 2015 | 7:19 PMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The 2015 information technology report has found that 80 percent of Jamaica’s population widely use social media networks including Twitter and Facebook.

This weakens an argument by government minister Robert Pickersgill, who in the height of the Outameni controversy, labelled critics on social media as the "articulate minority".

The report from the World Economic Forum ranks countries from one to seven for their use of social media with one being "not used at all" and seven representing "widely used". 

Jamaica achieved a score of 5.6 out of seven. 

Social media has emerged as a powerful avenue for communication and commentary in Jamaica.

Locally, several of Jamaica's younger politicians have been criticised for their behaviour on the various media platforms.