Responsibility for content on social media platforms, websites must be clearly defined

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The Minister further said changes in technology and internet over the last few decades requires fundamental rethink in the governance structure of the internet.

“There is implicit in the written word. If we read something, we start believing it. Who is going to take responsibility for that content? It is very important because the young minds would be very easily tempted to believe what is the written word. Whether that content is on a social media platform or on a website, it should be clearly defined so that it becomes part of the society as an acceptable form,” the Minister said.

“So, who takes responsibility for that content? Whether that content is on a social media platform or on a website, it should be clearly defined, so that there is a responsibility for the written word on somebody, so that it becomes part of the society as an acceptable form,” he said. Vaishnaw also said that since all systems today were driven by digital technology and internet was the fundamental medium through which all this happened, it was important to build fundamental structures within the governance system itself so that cybersecurity became a “central part” of development.

The future of the internet has to be “carefully planned” given that a billion Indian users would be online in a few years.

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