Need to formulate rules of engagement in social media space: Former I&B Minister

Manish Tewari, former I&B Minister spoke about how social media has created coarseness of dialogue at the launch of his new book ‘Fables of Fractured Times’ in New Delhi

e4m by Ruhail Amin
Updated: Nov 27, 2018 8:44 AM
Manish Tewari

At the launch of his new book, ‘Fables of Fractured Times’ in New Delhi yesterday, former I&B Minister Manish Tewari, spoke about some major issues concerning social media today.

Speaking about how social media has created coarseness of dialogue and given rise to trolls and vitriolic dialogue, Tewari said, “I don’t know if it is the vitriol on social media which has shaped the mainstream discourse or it is the coarseness of mainstream discourse which is sharpening the toxicity of social media. Unfortunately, the way social media is structured, people are able to abuse privacy, but now it is no longer confined to social media.”

“I think there is need for restraint in the social media space and we need to ensure that rules of engagement emerge. Because if the rules of engagement do not emerge in the social media space, like you saw the rise of internet during your lifetime, you will see the demise of internet”, he further added.

Speaking about the state intervention concerning social media and the way to avoid it, Tewari said, “In the social media space if you want to ensure that the state intervention does not come in, you need to formulate those rules of engagement and you need to self-regulate, otherwise the day is not very far when the state intervention is going to come in and come in with a heavy hand.”

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