Recently Twitter was in the limelight for not complying with the Indian Government’s orders to ban tweets with certain hashtags like ‘Farmer Genocide’. It resulted in social media raging with criticism posts, actually with different justifications. Twitter blocked some accounts according to its rulebook but the Government wanted the rulebook to adapt to its instructions. The question arises if Social Media should be controlled by the Government and if yes, to what extent.
It’s the twenty-first century where social media plays an important role in framing our lives. (Who would have thought of it a decade ago?)
Crazy but true that it is Social Media that decides the fate of our governments and the people. The authorities have realised it, though quite late, and are planning to have central control over social media.
Social Media is Split Over the Issue
We witnessed two groups of people with different viewpoints. One was with the Government challenging the extra liberty given to those who were criticizing Govt in the name of ‘freedom of speech’. They heartily raised slogans of banning Twitter and Facebook.
I feel that most of these people are either hardcore loyalists or social media haters. (My viewpoint, please share yours in the comments section). They think that freedom of expression is a requisite in a democratic nation but it should be ‘manageable’ by the Government of the country.
Wait, listen to the other side of the story.
The other group maintained the emphasis on their motto, ‘
“Freedom of Speech should not be curbed in the Democracy”. They say that in a democracy, everyone has the right to raise his voice no matter what. We agree that but the boundary has to be drawn before it coincides with the freedom of other people. Such people are supported by the opposition parties who have an eye on the leadership. It is believed that sometimes miscreants are hired to defame the existing Government. Remember, the media shows what they want us to see.
Paid Media Is A Reality
It is easier to fake social media posts than to cheat in real life. Fraud people make new accounts everyday and promote the stuff they are paid for. Authorities want social media companies to rectify such accounts so that the actual picture reaches them. They are right in doing so because running a country of 1.3 billion people is not an easy affair. Note that the ‘Paid media’ can be utilized by all, be it the ruling party or the opposition.
It’s Easy to Influence on Social Media
When the Constitution of India was framed, the social media circus was unthinkable. They couldn’t foresee that the term ‘Freedom’ can take the social media route and put a question mark on the definition of Freedom. Today, it is relatively easy to influence on Twitter and Facebook because it’s the most comfortable way to broadcast news to a large number of people. Agree, we are found more on social media and less in the community park.
What is your opinion?
*Though the extreme visions are loud in their expression, what’s there for a common man in store? By common man, I mean those who have the least to say in the brawl.
* I feel that there should be a balanced approach to the freedom offered to the people on social media so that the rights of others stay protected.
* A new set of regulations should be circulated to make us aware of the rights and responsibilities when we are on social media. This is an urgent need in modern society. Yes, I demand a new chapter in the Indian Constitution.
* I would like to invite your views below because expressing on social media is simply included in our essential needs.