Kapil Sibal wants a law to stop abuse of social media
New Delhi, Aug 22 (ANI): With Facebook agreeing to the government's demand and removing hate content from its website, Communications and IT Minister Kapil Sibal on Wednesday said the government needs to take strict action against those violating the law, and added that there is a need for a law to stop the abuse of social media.
Sibal said if anybody commits a criminal act by misusing technology, then he should be punished.
"There is no censorship in this. If technology is misused and a criminal act is committed, then we should definitely punish those behind it. For that, we don't have any mechanism as of now," said Sibal.
"We will have to make an attempt in this regard after talking to the various sites so that an institutional mechanism is fixed and violations do not take place. And if it takes place despite this, there should be a law so that the guilty is punished," he added.
Sibal further said Facebook and Google have agreed to support the government in this regard.
"Facebook and Google have supported us and accepted the fact that the content on the websites was not correct. But this is the first step. The question which now arises is that the people who started this, did they take any step because of which communal disharmony took place in India and houses of the people were destroyed and a few even lost their lives," said Sibal.
Sibal, who also holds the charge of Human Resource and Development (HRD) Ministry, pointed out that the next step should be to punish all those responsible for misusing the websites.
"Who is responsible for this? The next step is to find out the identity of those people. We are facing some problems in this. And I believe that in the next few days we will have to think what we can do within our law, and how can we take the law forward in these cases so that with the help of these websites in the coming days we can trace down those who misused it," said Sibal.
"If anybody has violated the law, then how he should be punished," he added.
In the wake of appeals by India to remove hate posts, world's largest social networking website, Facebook, has agreed to remove content, block pages or even disable accounts of those users who upload contents that incite violence or perpetuate hate speech.
Facebook's strict warning to its users came after the Indian Government brought to its notice the posting of contents, including inflammatory matters and doctored pictures and videos to create social unrest in the country. (ANI)
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