The government will take steps to check misuse of social media platforms over disrupting communal harmony and national security, Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in Delhi on Wednesday.
“As far as radicalisation or extremism or communal views are concerned, there is a proper mechanism of coordination between the Home Ministry and our ministry (IT and Telecom ministry),” the minister told reporters in a meeting.
He added that recognising the larger commitment of the government, in the case of security, in case of communal harmony and extremism, “if certain steps are needed, they will be taken.”
The use of social media including WhatsApp has been blamed for many communal flare-ups in the recent past. Notable among them was the Muzaffarnagar riots, which had left more thpp at than 50 people dead. It was the circulation of fake video circulated on WhatsApp at the behest of one political leader that had triggered a large-scale communal strife in the area.