Ravi Shankar Prasad to Twitter: Check spread of terrorism

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New Delhi | Published: February 24, 2016 12:40:21 AM

Minister for telecommunications and information technology Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday cautioned Twitter against their platform being abused to spread terrorism and extremism.

Minister for telecommunications and information technology Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday cautioned Twitter against their platform being  abused to spread terrorism and extremism.

Stating that India is sitting in the midst of a mini-terrorist hub, Prasad told Twitter’s global policy head Colin Crowell that Twitter must also ensure security and privacy as well greater sensitivity when it comes to geographical representation such as in the case of Jammu shown, on the microblogging platform, as part of Pakistan.

“I formally communicated our deep sense of dismay and disapproval on  the issue of representing Jammu as part of Pakistan by Twitter. A greater sensitivity needs to be shown by these platforms as far as our geographical identity and integrity is concerned,” he said.

“We fully welcome social media, we respect freedom of speech and expression, but Twitter also needs to ensure this lovely platform is not abused for terrorism and extremism. He (Crowell) acknowledged this problem. In fact he also said Twitter removed more than 1,00,000 entries because of this,” said the minister. This is Prasad’s first meeting with a Twitter representative. He also invited Twitter to participate in India’s Digital literacy programme.

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