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Action will be taken if social media used to spread fake news, violence: Law Minister

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Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday said that the govt respects social media for empowering folk but action are going to be taken if it’s misused to spread fake news and violence.

“We respect social media tons , it’s empowered folk . Social media features a big role within the Digital India program. However, if social media is misused to spread fake news, violence then action are going to be taken,” said Prasad while addressing the Rajya Sabha.

In response to the “legal requests” from the Central government, Twitter on Wednesday informed that it’s taken multiple enforcement actions – including permanent suspension of over 500 accounts for clear violations of Twitter`s rules.

However, the Central government has also conveyed to Twitter officials that the way during which the social media giant officially allows fake, unverified, and automatic bot accounts to be operated on its platform, raises doubts about its commitment to transparency and healthy conversation on the platform.

A meeting between the Secretary of Ministry of Electronics and knowledge Technology (MeitY) and Twitter officials happened in sight of the order issued by the Centre directing Twitter to get rid of tweets and accounts using hashtag associated with “farmer genocide” and accounts supported by Khalistan sympathisers and backed by Pakistan and blog post issued by Twitter.

This came after a number of the protesting farmers didn’t follow the prearranged route on Republic Day for his or her tractor rally and broke barricades to enter Delhi. They also clashed with police and vandalised property in several parts of the capital .

Farmers are protesting at the various borders of the capital since November 26 last year against the three newly enacted farm laws: Farmers` Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act 2020 and therefore the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

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