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Citizens should use online tools positively for spreading true information: IAMAI

Following the Government of India imposing
ban on SMSes and keeping an eye on social media, The Internet And Mobile
Association of India
(IAMAI) has said that its members believe that hate speech
and other illegal content should be removed when duly notified in accordance
with Indian laws. All member companies have been responding expeditiously to
requests from various government and law enforcement agencies. The association
also urged authorities and citizens to use online tools positively for

Following the Government of India imposing
ban on SMSes and keeping an eye on social media, The Internet And Mobile
Association of India
(IAMAI) has said that its members believe that hate speech
and other illegal content should be removed when duly notified in accordance
with Indian laws. All member companies have been responding expeditiously to
requests from various government and law enforcement agencies. The association
also urged authorities and citizens to use online tools positively for
spreading true and useful information in the current situation.

“All our members have been cooperating in
the best possible manner to stave off the current situation since last week and
we would continue to do so,” said Dr. Subho Ray, President, Internet And Mobile
Association of India (IAMAI). He, however, added that any government order to
be effective should be based on the present context and not a general order to
remove un-contextual or legal content.

In a related development, the association
also welcomed the notification of the government’s policy paper titled
“Framework & Guidelines for Use of Social Media for Government
Organisations”. With the formal adoption of this paper, the government is now
prepared to use social media. It may be recalled that the Department of
Electronics and Information Technology has been working on this policy since
September 2011 and the final version has emerged after wide consultations and
an Open House discussion led by the Honourable Union Minister of Communications
and IT.

The current situation drives home the importance
of this paper. It states inter alia, “One of the big challenges for government
is to avoid propagation of unverified facts and frivolous misleading rumours
with respect to government policies. Government must have presence on these
platforms to counter such perceptions to present the facts to enable informed
opinion making by the populace.”

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