Union minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore recently gave his remarks over criticism faced by the government’s move to form a social media hub will be ‘like creating a surveillance state’. He said that the government has “no plan to control social media.” He shared that centre believed that every person should know what to express on social media platforms. He said this while attending the Youth Parliament event at Karnavati University in Gandhinagar.
What else he said
“If there is a possibility of riots anywhere, the local government should keep an eye on it and take steps it deems fit,” he added.
In fact, he blamed the Congress for “creating an environment of fear” about the project and claimed that the party has “no better matters” against the government.
He further said that WhatsApp has rolled out changes after the Information Technology Ministry approached it following instances of fake news being shared on it.
Rathore hit Congress
Hitting Congress, he said that the Jawaharlal Nehru government was the first who bring an amendment to the Constitution putting a restriction on the freedom of speech. He put restriction on free speech by stopping Syama Prasad Mookerjee (founder of Jana Sangh) from speaking on Akhand Bharat. Later, he Rajiv Gandhi wanted to bring an amendment to the Indian Postal Act, which was not ratified by the (then) president.
How did the news of social media come?
As per the tender issued by the Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Limited, a mini ratna public sector undertaking under the information and broadcasting ministry, a technology platform is needed to collect digital media chatter from all core social media platforms as well as digital platforms. This would provide real-time updates to the government.
Clarifying this, Mr Rathore stated that PM Narendra Modi ensured that the Constitution was protected along with the people of the country.