Censorship on online trolls not possible, says Arun Jaitley


Days after Union Minister Maneka Gandhi said that the she had proposed declaring online trolling against women a violence, Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, has said that it was just not possible.


In an interview to NDTV’s Prannoy Roy, Jaitley said that online trolling was carried out by individuals over whom a party does not have control, and one has to learn to live with it.

In response to a question on whether online trolling can be controlled, Jaitley said, “I don’t think a censorship of this sort is possible”.

He said that his party had nothing to do with such an activity adding that the party can contain its activists, elected members and spokespersons, but trolling is done by individuals.

“And I don’t think most of these people are bound by party discipline as such,” he said.

Jaitley added, “I think we have to learn to live with it. We have to ignore them, we have to learn to digest them, we have to decide our own strategy.”

He said that, in the given environment, even a debate on the subject is not rationally possible “without inviting some kind of trolling on social media.”

The minister, who also hold information and broadcasting ministry, said that ultimately, with time, such excessive misuse of technological facilities will spell its own end.