Topic: role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges. Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance
5. Discuss the initiatives and measures that social media platforms and companies must make to self-regulate themselves so as to ensure information hygiene.(250 words)
Reference: The Hindu
Why this question:
The article talks about the importance of maintaining information hygiene by the social media platforms and importance of self-regulation in doing so.
Key demand of the question:
Explain in detail the initiatives and measures that social media platforms and companies must make to self-regulate themselves so as to ensure information hygiene.
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:
Briefly explain the current conditions and issues with respect to social media platforms and companies like facebook, Instagram etc.
One can start by explaining what you understand by information hygiene. Present the issues or problems posed by social media platforms such as filter bubbles, echo chambers, information silos, viral virus, misogynist trolling and amplification of toxic content etc. Narrate any recent incidents that explain the context of the question better. Discuss what practices of self-regulation the media platforms and companies must take.
Take hints from the article and conclude with what needs to be done to overcome such issues.