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Social media not a menace: Smriti Irani


Press Trust of India Kolkata
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Smriti Irani today said that social media was not a menace, as it gives the people the power to set things right.

Irani, speaking at an event here, said social media is based on technology which acts as a great leveller.

Irani said social media was not a menace, as people have the power to set things right on such online platforms.

She also spoke about the phenomenon of fake news.

In the case of newspapers, there is the Press Council of India that deals with things such as fake news if brought to its notice, she said.

"If the Council finds that the newspaper had circulated fake news, DAVP (Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity) will stop giving advertisements to it.

"The same things do apply to TV and radio channels," the minister said.

The taxpayers' money should not be used for circulation of fake news, Irani, who is also the Textiles Minister, said.

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First Published: Feb 27 2018 | 11:40 PM IST

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