October 3, 2022
Social media middlemen should be careful about content, says Rajeev Chandrashekhar

Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) Rajiv Chandrashekhar on Wednesday said that social media middlemen have serious obligations and responsibilities under Indian laws and failure to comply with due diligence could result in consequences. He made the remarks in the context of the vitriol online abuses faced by Indian cricketer Arshdeep Singh after India’s five-wicket loss to Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2022.

according to a report good By ANI, MoS Rajeev Chandrashekhar said that all social media middlemen should fulfill their responsibilities. Reacting to the online targeting of Indian cricketer Arshdeep Singh, he said that middlemen have an obligation to do due diligence towards the content posted on their platforms.

He reportedly told ANI, “We don’t necessarily want to threaten, we don’t want any intermediary to feel uncomfortable working in India, but we certainly want to remind them that under Indian laws, There is a serious obligation and responsibility.”

India’s young pacer Arshdeep Singh is under criticism for dropping a crucial catch in the Super 4 Asia Cup cricket match against Pakistan in the ongoing Asia Cup 2022 on Sunday.

Following the incident, the cricketer’s page on the Wikipedia platform was vandalized and he faced massive trolling on social media. His Wikipedia page was edited to brand him as “Khalistani”.

The minister on Monday criticized the move and tweeted that such online activity violated the government’s expectations of secure and reliable internet.


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