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India heads of IT giants may face criminal charges over fake news

A top govt committee has recommended criminal proceedings against India heads of social media giants "in case their platforms are used to spread fake news"

  NEW DELHI: The India heads of global internet and social media giants should face criminal proceedings in case their platforms are used to spread fake news and other ‘sinister’ campaigns that lead to lynching and riots, a top government committee is understood to have recommended.

The inter-ministerial committee, headed by home secretary Rajiv Gauba, has submitted its report to home minister Rajnath Singh, who heads a group of ministers (GoM) looking into cases of lynching across various states, and the role of fake news and internet platforms in the episodes.

According to sources close to the group, members were of the view that all possible steps need to be initiated to ensure that social media platforms do not become a means for spreading rumours and messages that lead to social disharmony.

“However, these are only recommendations at this point. A final view will be taken by the GoM, which will then submit its report to Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” a source said.



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