Amid a face-off with microblogging platform Twitter, Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad told Parliament on Thursday that strict action will be taken if social media is misused to spread fake news and fuel violence.
Speaking in the Rajya Sabha, Prasad said: “We respect social media a lot, it has empowered common people. Social media has a big role in Digital India programme. However, if social media is misused to spread fake news, violence then action will be taken.”
Meanwhile, as Twitter resists calls from the govt to ban content on the platform, the company's workers in India could face a jail term for compliance of the order.