As usual, the MeetUp members got together at CKCK in Ray’s IT Park at 7:00 p.m. to participate in the 62nd Kolkata Chapter of the Social Media Breakfast. The discussion revolved around an interesting topic – Social Censorship in India: Kal, Aaj aur Kal. The relevance of the topic was undeniable particularly after strong reactions are being voiced by the Government of India and other authorities for censoring Social Media. Censoring Social Media is a debatable topic and it has raked up many controversies. Some have suggested introduction of new laws to control Social Media rather than gagging it. There are differences in opinion how Social Media should be regulated and information be circulated over the Internet.
The points that were discussed in the 62nd Kolkata Chapter of Social Media Breakfast are given below:
Should Social Media be censored? Politicians like Kapil Sibal were of the opinion it should. However, international figures like Ban Ki-Moon (United Nations Secretary General) and Hillary Clinton (United States Secretary of State) have stated that it should not be restricted but monitored.
The sole objective of Social Media is to disseminate information with freedom of expression as long as it does not hurt the sentiment of anybody.
At different times, we have noticed that there has been censorship on print media. However, enforcing censorship on Social Media is a difficult proposition especially after so many strong reactions.
Freedom of expression should not resort to abuse. If this is looked after, there is no necessity of censo