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Social media must guard against misuse of platforms, says Prasad

The right of accessing the Internet is 'not negotiable' and if the Internet is designed for common good, it should be safe and secure, he added

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Ravi Shankar Prasad
Ravi Shankar Prasad

Facebook, Twitter, and have changed the manner in which users consume content and communicate with each other, but the firms need to be mindful of "certain dos and don'ts" and guard against any misuse of their platforms, IT Minister said Friday.

Speaking at the CII Big Picture Summit, Prasad said that platforms' large focus on underscored the sheer size and opportunities presented by the market here.

"Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsAap are coming to not only because they are giving some service. offers a robust market, by its sheer size. I always say, come do business but remember certain dos and don' must follow," Prasad said.

The minister said that 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.

Outlining India's rising digital clout on the back of its large 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.

The right of accessing the Internet is "not negotiable" and if the Internet is designed for common good, it should be safe and secure, he added.

He also called for a robust mechanism for measuring the ratings of digital platforms.

First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 18:40 IST