Coronavirus: India Charges Social Media Firms To Curb Fake News
Witnessing a huge surge in fake news and misinformation related to new coronavirus (COVID-19) on social media platforms in India, the government has issued an advisory to them, saying it is pertinent on their part to control the spread of misinformation on their platforms. The government wrote to top social media companies including Facebook, Google-owned YouTube, Twitter, TikTok, and ShareChat to sanitize their platforms.
One of India's top Cyber Law Experts, Pavan Duggal, told IANS that cybercriminal groups were spreading panic.
According to him :
"Dedicated cybercriminal groups are spreading panic and the Indian government is helpless."
The government asked the social media companies to start awareness campaigns and promote authentic information on the new coronavirus. It also asked social media platforms to make users aware not to upload or circulate false news concerning coronavirus.