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Social media needs regulations but not to the extent that it is difficult for them to do business in India. Comment

Topic: Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money laundering and its prevention

4. Social media needs regulations but not to the extent that it is difficult for them to do business in India. Comment (250 words)

Reference:  The Hindu

Why the question:

The article throws light on social media regulations and pros and cons associated with it.

Key Demand of the question:

Explain in what way Social media needs regulations but not to the extent that it is difficult for them to do business in India.

Directive:

Comment- here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with the context of social media regulations in the country.

Body:

The answer body must have the following aspects covered:

First explain what does it mean to regulate social media? – Media regulations are rules enforced by the jurisdiction of law. This regulation, via law, rules or procedures, can have various goals, for example intervention to protect a stated “public interest”, or encouraging competition and an effective media market, or establishing common technical standards.

The Government has been intermittently asking social media firms such as WhatsApp to ‘trace’ certain messages, in the interests of preventing fake news and misinformation. Justice Sri Krishna recently indicated that it is not fair for the government to require the ‘tracing’ of messages by social media platforms, as that makes inroads into user privacy.

Take hints from the article and explain.

Conclusion:

Conclude with suitable solutions to address the problem.