IT Minister Prasad urges social media must guard against misuse of platforms

Speaking at the CII Big Picture Summit, Prasad said "Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and WhatsAap are coming to India not only because they are giving some service. India offers a robust market, by its sheer size.

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Acknowledging how Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and WhatsApp have changed the manner users consume and communicate content with each other, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Friday that the social media firms need to be mindful of “certain dos and don’ts” and guard against any misuse of their platforms.

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Speaking at the CII Big Picture Summit, Prasad said “Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and WhatsAap are coming to India not only because they are giving some service. India offers a robust market, by its sheer size. I always say, come do business but remember certain dos and don’ts…you must follow.”

Mr. Prasad said that social media firms should also guard against any potential misuse of their platforms. In particular, these “public platforms” must not be misused by those with wrong intentions for the purpose of exploitation and denigration of others, he said.

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Outlining India’s rising digital clout on the back of its large smartphone user base, strong IT outsourcing industry, electronic manufacturing capabilities and biometric programme Aadhaar, the minister asserted that the country will never barter its digital sovereignty and is, in fact, bringing a strong data protection law to safeguard its digital information.

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