DELHI: Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari
told Parliament today that the government is considering the
proposal by the Press Council of India for bringing the electronic
media under its ambit.
said the Council had initially also wanted social media to
be brought under its ambit, but later dropped this clause.
said while web and social media has emerged as one of the
important public communication channels, a lot of inflammatory
and offensive information is also posted on the web and social
said that the government supports social media for citizen
centric and collaborative governance and has notified a framework
comprising detailed guidelines for use of social media in
Information Technology Act 2000 empowers the Government to
block such malicious information hosted on Internet and social
media sites which may play havoc with the lives of the people.
The Act and Rules also provide safeguards to prevent misuse
of such provisions.