Katju on regulation of Social Media
On setting up a committee to regulate and legislate on social media
Newslaundry comments: What next? A letter to Mamata Banerjee commending her keen eye and iron rule over irresponsible social media?
April 23, 2012
Shri Kapil Sibal,
Hon’ble Minister for Communications and Information Technology
Re: Regulation of Social Media.
Dear Shri Sibal,
I had sent a letter yesterday to Mrs. Ambika Soni recommending a committee be set up by the Government of India consisting of legal and technical experts for placing some restrictions on the social media as it is often acting in an arbitrary and irresponsible manner. A copy of the letter is enclosed.
Mrs. Ambika Soni wrote back today that I should write to you in this connection as your Ministry is the relevant Ministry. A copy of the letter is enclosed.
I, therefore, request you to immediately set up a committee as proposed by me so that the social media can be regulated and suitable legislation be initiated on the basis of the recommendations of this committee. Unless this is done irreparable damage may be done to individuals or to society, as the material shown may be inflammatory or defamatory or otherwise harmful to people.
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