Q. “The echo of words written on social media is greater than spoken in public and therefore needs greater regulation.” Comment
- Social media technology has completely revolutionized the way human beings interact. But at the same time, a poorly regulated social media can be very dangerous for the peace and harmony of the society.
- High speed internet, cheaper mobile etc. has easily allowed the social media to make deep inroads into our lives as a result of which the information (even if its harmful) spreads extremely fast via social media.
BUFFER LINE –
There are high repercussions of lacunae in the regulations of the social media.
- Due to anonymity of the uploader, social Media is being highly misused by mischievous elements (Rumor Mongers) to spread baseless rumors.
- These rumors can have very dangerous outcomes which is also evident from some recent incidents (lynching of two 30 year old youth in Assam).
- Moreover, the incidents of instigating two different social communities against each other (Cow Vigilantism and Mob Lynching) depicts that greater regulations are highly needed to maintain social peace in the society.
- There is no doubt that social media platforms (like twitter) have opened up an avenue for the people to directly interact with their elected representatives.
- However, certain political groups spread fake news (photo shopped images, false historical facts etc.) to emotionally manipulate the public for vote bank.
- Such a misuse is rising exponentially and is extremely dangerous for our democracy. Only a well regulated socially media can tackle such a situation.
- The serious psychological dangers of social media makes its greater regulations even more important.
- A poorly regulated social media is responsible for a number of psychological disorders among the youngsters like – mobile screen addiction, depression due to cyber bullying, exposure to explicit material etc.
- Youngsters are the future of the country and any issue that adversely affects them must be taken very seriously.
- In the light of these arguments, it is very evident that the present regulations are rid with certain lacunae/loopholes. Hence it is high time that greater regulations for Social Media are introduced.
- Fortunately, the government of India has taken this matter seriously.
- The introduction of draft “Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines Rules) 2018” introduced by the Ministry of Information and technology to replace the rules notified in 2011 is a highly appreciative step.
- How far these new rules (presently under consultation process) will be able to tackle this issue is yet to be seen.