Social networking companies and the Indian government have been at loggerheads over the issue of web censorship for quite some time. The government has been adamant on bringing in a mechanism to monitor 'objectionable' content on these websites, while the Internet companies have opposed the demand. However, the recent mass exodus of North East Indians from various parts of the country strengthened the Indian government demands of bringing the content on these sites under the scanner.
It was believed that the morphed images, hate content and other elements on social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter helped increase panic and rumours. Google and other Internet companies agreed to co-operate with the Indian government, while Twitter took down fake PMO accounts.
That being said, yes, the social networking websites are filled with such objectionable content and might have helped spread panic and rumours. But is it right to blame only social networking websites for the exodus of the North East Indians? After all the networking sites are small part a large Indian media. Why aren't TVs, newspapers and other media, which have larger impact on the Indian masses, being held equally responsible for the situation?
In our previous weekly poll question, we sought your take on the matter. We asked you “Do you think social media has aggravated the NE exodus situation?”
We received a total 408 responses to our question. The majority, or 150 respondents (37 percent) said the social networking websites did aggravate the situation but were as responsible as other media such as newspapers and TV.
It may be noted here that a large number of respondents are of the view that social media sites should not be blamed for the NE situation. As many as 130 respondents (32 percent) voted for “No, social media did not aggravate the situation.” As many 90 voters (22 percent) believed the social media sites were responsible and should be stopped immediately, while 38 (9 percent) voted for 'Can't say'.
The poll results clearly indicate the majority is not in favour of blaming the social media for the NE exodus and there's not any immediate need to curb them.
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