Monitoring and Regulation of Social Media

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Social Media Messages Not an Offence: Centre to Supreme Court

I am smelling double standards.

"The government doesn't wish to curtail freedom of speech," the Centre told the court, adding, "Exercising one's freedom of speech won't be an offence, but this law applies to cyber crimes."
The Centre said phrases like "annoyance, inconvenience, danger or obstruction" used in Section 66 A of the IT Act has "no correlation or connection with any citizen's freedom of speech and expression."
 

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SC lends powerful voice to free speech online - The Hindu

Facing a tough time explaining in the Supreme Court where free speech ends and restrictions start for social media, the government on Tuesday said its laws are meant to fight cyber crime and not curb free expression.

The government was arguing before a Bench of Justices J. Chelameswar and Rohinton Nariman, which is hearing a batch of petitions challenging the constitutionality of certain legal provisions in the Information Technology Act, especially Section 66 A. This section prescribes a punishment of up to three years' in jail if found guilty of causing “annoyance or inconvenience” on the Net, including social media.

“Central government has no intention to curb the freedom of speech and expression. Section 66 A pertains to only certain cyber crimes and not freedom of speech,” Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tushar Mehta sought to clarify.
 

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Centre to ask social media companies to block sensitive posts - Times of India

"We will remind them to act with due diligence, which requires them to restrain communal and other content that violates Indian laws," a senior officer said adding that such an exercise to sensitize social media firms is held every three to four months.
According to sources, both Twitter and Facebook are often reluctant to pull down content seen as offending to communities, citing their respective privacy policies and refusal to prevent users from freely expressing their opinion.
 


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No criticism of Govt by officials on social media: Govt’s proposed rules - The Economic Times

The Centre plans to bar government officials from making any statement critical of the government specifically now on television, social media or any other communication application, as part of amendments to the Conduct Rules.

Right now, the conduct rules do bar government officials from criticizing the government on a radio broadcast, communication over any public media, in any document, in any communication to the press or in any public utterance. However, to make the rules specific to social media given presence of many officials on the same, a note is now proposed to be added to the All India Service (Conduct) Rules, 1968 saying: "The member of service shall also not make any such statement on television, social media or any other communication application. The word 'Document' may also include a caricature."
Bravo.
 

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Ok. So this appears to be applicable to government servants. I guess they lost access to a crucial fundamental right when they join government services.
 

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NCR is probably a great place for a budding chef. You do not even have to invest in an expensive restaurant. You can just connect with one of the many existing outlets doing home deliveries like InnerChef and get a start. I have seen aunties making everything from pickles to fruit cream to bulk dishes for a party right from their home. Plus there are so many restaurants, hotels, bakeries around that there should be good opportunities for future growth if the person does not want to start his own venture.
 

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For what? God knows.

Now, surveillance on social media in Haryana - Times of India

In a first of its kind, a high-tech monitoring system will keep an eye on social media activities in Haryana. A social media monitoring has been set up in Gurugram with a joint effort of National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) and state's Crime Branch Crime Investigation Department (CBCID).
Though the authorities are extremely tight-lipped about the new surveillance system, sources told TOI that the Digital Investigation Training and Analysis Centre (DITAC) has been set up at the third floor of the Traffic Tower in Gurugram's Sushant Lok. The centre will be inaugurated on Wednesday by chief minister Manohar Lal.
DITAC is equipped with highly advanced technology and sensitive equipment that will track the social media activities including widely used Facebook, Whatsapp and Twitter. DITAC will be a state level monitoring system that monitor any illegal or inflammatory messages or posts that can lead to agitation.
The entire project costs a whopping Rs 22 crores, most of this funding has come from the central government. It will have three touchscreens of 100 inches each and a fleet of 22 officials will keep a round the clock watch on what goes on social media all over the state. The centre will track down the origin of any inflammatory message and observe its impact in the law and order situation. The officials will not make the arrests in such cases. Their duties include only the monitoring, identifying the instigators and reporting the matter to the authorities.
 

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Guidelines to regulate social media in Bhagalpur

“Only a person who can take full responsibility should become a group admin. The group admin must know all the members of the group. The admin should immediately remove any posts, which could be rumours or threaten communal cohesion,’’ Bhagalpur District Magistrate Adesh Titarmare said in his 14 April order. “The admin should give rebuttal of such posts and remove the member who had posted it.’’ He said that that concerned police stations must be informed about “rumours and posts threatening communal harmony”.