Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar Monday suggested banning social media only to retract his statement minutes later. He was speaking in the context of rising instances of violence in the state due to offensive posts against iconic personalities on the social media.
“The recent incidents have taken a toll on the society. China had adopted a two-year ban on social media. The government and the Opposition must press for a similar clamp down when we meet PM Narendra Modi,” Pawar said while replying to a discussion on the budget in the state legislative Assembly.
A few minutes later, Pawar did a U-turn, and clarified, “I did not mean a ban on social media forums such as WhatsApp, Twitter, and Facebook. I am not against freedom of the social media but there must be some kind of regulation on it.” His public relations officer, seated in the media gallery when the initial statement was made, had sent him a note urging him to clarify his stand.
Meanwhile, Home minister R R Patil said that apart from those who have been uploading offensive posts denigrating iconic personalities, all those who approve and ‘like’ such posts will also be liable for prosecution.
Javadekar: Freedom of speech comes with responsibility
New Delhi: Freedom of speech comes with responsibility and activities on social media should unite rather than divide, I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar said Monday against the backdrop of the murder of a techie in Pune. “Freedom of speech & expression comes with responsibility. #SocialMedia activities should b(e) for Unity & Peace; Never for dividing Society,” he tweeted. (PTI)