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6) Like Europe did with personal data, India will lead the way in reining in social media misinformation. Discuss. (250 words)

Topic – Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges

6) Like Europe did with personal data, India will lead the way in reining in social media misinformation. Discuss. (250 words)

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Why this question

The article analyzes the necessity of recognising threat to the security and society as a result of social media and how India is taking the lead in reining in misinformation and fake news on social media. The issue deserves importance because social media poses a significant threat to national security in recent times and regulations are in the formative stage for this sector.

Key demand of the question

The question expects us to bring out the issues involved with the rise of social media and lack of clear cut policies in this space. Thereafter , we need to highlight the policy advancements made in this regard and how India has been taking the lead in preventing spread of misinformation and fake news and threats emanating from the same. Finally we need to highlight the way forward.

Directive word

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments

Structure of the answer

Introduction – Explain about the recent threats emerging as a result of social media.

Body

  • Explain what the issue is all about
    • social media organizations such as Twitter can choose to either throttle or promote specific content on their apps. The ability to do so would place these organizations on par with media houses that are involved in news promotion. Without this ability, they can claim to be solely platforms for social interaction and little else, with no responsibility for content. If, however, they are media houses, the rules of the game change significantly and they can be held accountable for the content their sites carry.
    • Discuss the spread of misinformation and fake news through social media and how it hampers security
  • Discuss the steps taken by Europe in this regard
    • Firms such as Facebook and Google have been subjected to scrutiny in the US, with their top brass being summoned by the US legislatures for hearings about their role in the spread of misinformation during the 2016 US presidential elections.
    • They have also been scrutinised in another realm: the use of personal data. Google has, just a couple of weeks ago, been fined $57 million by France’s data protection watchdog, known as the CNIL.
  • Discuss how India is taking the lead in preventing spread of misinformation. Thereafter explain about the parliamentary panel summoning twitter chief

 

Conclusion – highlight the sensitivity of the issue and discuss way forward.