The fundamental freedom of speech and expression is an important aspect of democracy. No one would have even imagined the opportunities given to citizens by social media to use this right a decade ago. Actually, through this platform, changes in the society can be brought. However, it is a matter of concern that social media is currently in the news for its criticisms. Actually, the role of social media has been to spoil social harmony and promote thinking that divides society instead of positive thinking.
Why are people being killed today? The social media that laid the foundation for the Arab Revolution for the restoration of democratic rights in Tunisia, why has social media become a matter of concern for India today? Social media can play a positive and constructive role at a time when there are reports of deteriorating religious harmony from many parts of the country. However, it is a matter of concern that this is not happening. Let us examine these aspects.
There is also a provision in Germany that companies will have to publicly state after every 6 months how many complaints they have received and how they have been taken cognizance. In addition, they must also identify the user who has been accused of defamation or breach of privacy of the people. Experts believe that this law is by far the most stringent law in democratic countries.
Apart from this, through social media intelligence, it can also be a solution to keep analyzing social media activities and take appropriate action on the complaint. By this, objectionable materials can be removed without delay. This problem can also be curbed by organizing awareness-related programs and seminars by government and non-governmental organizations.
It is most important that web hosting companies and internet providers should take responsibility for social media.
Source: Godaay and Bluehost