Will Twitter, Facebook, Google Block Sensitive Posts?
The central government will soon be asking social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Google to lock any sensitive posts that could stir communal feelings up. Government officials will meet senior representatives of the social media platforms to discuss blockage of objectionable posts. Indian officials would ask social media platforms headquartered outside India, registered under laws of respective countries to collaborate with the law enforcement agencies to help track, scan and block sensitive content. The meeting would be attended by the Home Ministry, Dept. of Electronics & IT (DEITY) and iontelligence agencies representatives. This is a result of the Dadri incident in which a man named Mohammed Akhlaq and his son were severely injured by a mob who doubted that their family consumed beef. Twitter and Facebook do not usually block objectionable content posted on their sites due to their privacy policies and let users post what is on their mind freely. We have to see how the popular social networking platforms would respond to central government’s proposal to promote communal harmony.