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Ravi Shankar Prasad warns of strict action against Social Media platforms, if found to be violating law of land

Updated: February 11, 2021 1:53 pm

Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad today said, strict action will be taken against Social Media platforms, if they are found to be violating the law of the land, spreading fake news and fueling violence in the country.

Specifically naming Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and LinkedIn in the Rajya Sabha, Mr Prasad said, they have millions of followers in the country and are free to do business and make money. Mr Prasad, however, said that these platforms cannot be allowed to circumvent the provisions of the Indian Constitution. Replying to a question on the misuse of social media platforms, Mr Prasad said, social media have empowered the common people. He said, they have a big role in Digital India programme. The Minister said, freedom is important, but showing revenge and obscene materials is not acceptable.

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