1. Narendra Modi government to unveil new social media policy, set to crack down on misuse, anti-national propaganda

Narendra Modi government to unveil new social media policy, set to crack down on misuse, anti-national propaganda

The government is finalising a policy which is aimed at keeping a hawk's eye vigil on the social media to check if it is being "misused" to conspire against India and spread anti-national propaganda.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: June 22, 2017 9:33 PM
Narendra Modi, Narendra Modi government, anti national propaganda, social media policy, jammu and kashmir, central security agencies, anti India materials, terrorist The move assumes significance as there have been instances where terrorists were found to be using social media to conspire against the country or to propagate anti-India materials. (Reuters)

The government is finalising a policy which is aimed at keeping a hawk’s eye vigil on the social media to check if it is being “misused” to conspire against India and spread anti-national propaganda. A meeting was held today among representatives of central security agencies and the home ministry to discuss various issues related to it, officials sources said. At present, there is only a set of “do’s and don’ts” for the social media which needs to be graduated to a full-fledged guidelines that should be adopted on such a network. The move assumes significance as there have been instances where terrorists were found to be using social media to conspire against the country or to propagate anti-India materials. There have also been instances where rumours spread on the social media had resulted in violence and tense situation in different parts of the country. The misuse of social media is more challenging especially with reference to the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, they said. The stake holders are discussing ways to finalise a policy to help intelligence agencies and security forces effectively deal with any propaganda, the sources said. The infrastructure requirements like manpower and technological needs for monitoring of the social media are also being finalised, they said.

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Besides this, the ministry is also looking for the ways to reach out to people using social media in case of disaster or for public service delivery, they added.

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    Kabir
    Jun 23, 2017 at 3:48 am
    who will decide if it is anti-india or not? when the judges themselves are corrupt?
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    1. Lalit Das
      Jun 22, 2017 at 9:52 pm
      AADHAR link all social media users. Bring a sense of personal and social responsibility.
      Reply
      1. Ravishanker Verma
        Jun 22, 2017 at 10:05 pm
        I support your views. Of late, many unwanted elements are seen to use these forums against the Indian interests. To have some control over them, this step is very necessary.
        Reply
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        Sadasivan
        Jun 22, 2017 at 9:47 pm
        This is why, the USA,has been tough, on all fronts,no holds barred,so to say.
        Reply

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