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A curse has quite an impact on our society because of its intensity! Therefore, it has become important for humankind to find a way out. It’s crucial to pull at its reins right now, as there is an increasing trend of spreading fake news and rumours through the social media. There can be a debate on the methodology, but people should appreciate the Indian government’s move to take actions against those who spread fake news intentionally.
Undoubtedly, the social media are outstanding innovation. They have not only changed our daily lives, but also brought the global community closer. No one can deny the importance of social media. However, it’s also a fact that the miscreants have turned this outstanding innovation into a nightmare.
Today, the social media are flooded with lies, propaganda, rumours and pieces of news items that obviously fake or concocted. People, with vested interests, usually share these with others via the social networking sites, making it difficult for the common users to identify the real facts. And our society becomes the victim of this confusion. Sometimes, wrong information triggers deadly clashes in different parts of the world or encourage people to claim the lives of their fellow citizens.
Some civilised people have turned the blessing of science into a curse. Their activities on the social media have prompted the Government of India to become active. The government has decided to amend the Information Technology (IT) Act, thus, ending the concept of end-to-end encryption, which ensures that only two persons can read what they sent to each other, and nobody in between (not even WhatsApp). The proposed amendment will allow the government to monitor sharing of information through WhatsApp. It will also become easier for the government to keep a tab on the people who spread fake news and to identify the sources of such news.
Some consider the proposed move as an attack on the Right to Life and Personal Liberty, guaranteed by Article 21 of the Indian Constitution that clearly states: “No person shall be deprived of his/her life or personal liberty except according to procedure established by law.” Even, the social media companies are against this move.
It seems that it will not be easy for the Government of India to amend the law. However, the government will have to overcome the difficulties and to pull at its reins on the social media in an attempt to safeguard the interests of the nation.
If this norm is followed and properly monitored, it is felt that the action, though criticised at an initial stage, would certainly bear fruits.
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