Intelligence Bureau (IB) Chief Asif Ibrahim shares the same opinion as our Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde. Both think that social media platforms are being misused to create trouble in the country citing the recent example of the communal violence in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh.
Speaking at the three-day conference of Directors General of Police (DGPs) in the capital New Delhi, the IB Chief further added that “keeping the social fabric of the country intact is also a challenge including checking the misuse of the social media.” In his talk he shared the example how a video was circulated in western Uttar Pradesh fueling communal tension in areas around Muzaffarnagar.
Earlier in the day we reported similar concerns raised by the Union Home Minister, who once again lamented that “mischievous” use of the social media is sparking off communal trouble, ethnic clashes and reviving militancy in states like Punjab, and said that there was a need to monitor such propaganda over the internet. He also gave the example of Muzaffarnagar riots and raised the need of keeping a check on the medium.
This is not the first case and it won’t be the last when governments and their representatives will continue to look at social media as a threat. The new wave of curbing social media has resurfaced after the recently concluded NIC gathering at the backdrop of the Muzaffarnagar communal riots. Starting from the PM Manmohan Singh and a number of Chief Ministers, all demanded some mechanism to check social media’s uncontrolled use.
The PM’s stand has been supported by Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy who has also asked the Center to bring social networking servers to India.
Looks like the government is serious about blocking social networking sites during any such future tensions.
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