Amid an intense face-off with microblogging platform Twitter, Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad, today told Parliament that strict action will be taken if social media misused to spread fake news and fuel violence.
Specifically naming Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn in the Rajya Sabha, the Union Minister said “you have millions of followers in India, you are free to do business and make money, but you will have to follow the Indian constitution”. He was speaking during Question Hour on the misuse of social media platforms.
“We respect social media a lot, it has empowered common people. Social media has a big role in Digital India programme. However, if social media is misused to spread fake news, violence then action will be taken,” Mr Prasad said.