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Social media users can be protected with stricter rules in place: IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw in Rajya Sabha

The minister’s suggestion to make regulations tougher comes amid growing threats to the online safety of women.

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The Indian government is willing to come up with strict social media rules if there is consensus among all political parties, according to the Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw. He was responding to a supplementary question posed by MP Sushil Kumar Modi in the Rajya Sabha on February 4. The question was regarding action taken by the Indian government against the “Bulli Bai” app creators. Vaishnaw responded that the government dealt with the “sensitive” matter proactively by initiating an investigation. Vaishnaw contended that the government is accused of curbing freedom of speech whenever it tries to make social media more accountable but it is not the case. He added that the rules need to be made stricter to protect users. “We need to bring balance and consensus in our society to make social media accountable to ensure…

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