Social Media platforms are the new-age televisions and radios for the masses. In a recent research, Whatsapp was noted as the primary source of news for 34 countries with over 50 per cent respondents. Recently, Govt. of India has decided to control the medium with a new Social media policy which monitors the activities on the internet.
The framework for the new Social Media Policy is being discussed with Representatives from several security agencies. The guidelines would be formed with an objective to stop anti-national activities on social media. Particularly, to monitor content, this incites hate and violence.
The Govt. has decided to such reforms back in 2015 to check ‘sensitive’ news on social media. Last year, Govt. has made it mandatory to obtain a license to create/manage a Whatsapp group in few states like Jammu and Kashmir. Number of people relying on social media for news is growing rapidly and believes everything which is shared online.
This also leads to violence, chaos, and murders as well. In many such cases, murders and violence are against innocents or against those who haven’t been proven guilty by the law. Earlier this month, UP Govt. had blocked some social media portals and apps, when riots broke out between two communities in Saharanpur. Reports say this riot was raised after some misunderstanding propagated on Whatsapp.
A fake Tweet of communal riots in Kolkata spread a panic and concern all over India in 2015. Hopefully, this new Social media policy may curb such social riots along with ensuring users privacy on social media.