Ashwini Vaishnaw: Must define responsibility for online content

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India must “clearly define” the responsibility for the content being put out on social media platforms as there is an “implicit trust” of the word on internet, IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said.

“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.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the first India Internet Governance Forum (IIGF 2021), Vaishnaw said that a “fundamental rethink of the entire governance structure of internet” was needed.

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