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Surveillance fears over new rules to tame social media in India

For long, activists and governments have been prompted to demand greater transparency and accountability from Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and other social media behemoths

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Social Media | surveillance  | digital media

Geetanjali Krishna  |  New Delhi 



Fake news, social media, technology, misinformation
Yet, the newly notified Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, have met with frowns although they have been touted as an answer to a scourge

  • In 2020, three persons were killed in Maharashtra by a mob after rumours about thieves and child kidnappers spread on social media
  • A 2019 analysis of the feeds of 95 women politicians by Amnesty International India showed they collectively received over 10,000 problematic or abusive tweets daily!
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First Published: Wed, March 10 2021. 06:10 IST

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