ISLAMABAD     -    Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Tuesday said that social media could be used as an effective tool to promote moderate and enlightened image of Pakistan and counter negative perceptions about the country. Speaking as chief guest at the closing ceremony of digital media workshop, jointly organised by Facebook and National Information Technology Board (NITB), she said that there were 41 million users of Facebook in the country. She said that “the government wants to make the social media more vibrant and empower it so that we could counter hybrid wars, being fought on the social media .”She said that as per vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan automation and E-governance were key to root out corrupt practices from the public sector offices.  She said that social media was the best tool for accountability of the government but at the same time, there was need to adopt some mechanism in consultation with the stakeholders to counter the menace of fake news and personal attacks.