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Social media must guard itself against misuse, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

  
  
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  Speaking at the CII Big Picture Summit, Prasad said that social media platforms’ large focus on India underscored the sheer size and opportunities presented by the market here. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and WhatsApp have changed the manner in which users consume content and communicate with each other, but the social media firms need to be mindful of “certain dos and don’ts” and guard against any misuse of their platforms, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Friday. Speaking at the CII Big Picture Summit, Prasad said that social media platforms’ large focus on India underscored the sheer size and opportunities presented by the market here. “Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and WhatsAap are coming to India not only because they are giving some service. India offers a robust market, by its sheer size. I always say, come do business but remember certain dos and don’ts...you must follow,” Prasad said. The minister said that social media firms should also guard against any potential misuse of their platforms. In particular, these “public platforms” must not be misused by those with wrong intentions for the purpose of exploitation and denigration of others, he said.
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