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Govt. reviews measures taken to curb fake news

Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba held a meeting with representatives of various social media platforms to review the steps taken by them to prevent misuse of their sites.

He asked them to check spread of rumours and messages inciting unrest, cybercrimes and other activities that could be detrimental to national security, officials said on Thursday.

From May to June, more than 20 people were lynched based on fake posts or rumours floating on various social media platforms.

Mr. Gauba asked the representatives to nominate India-based grievance redressal officers and to develop a monitoring mechanism for time-bound preventive and other actions for removal of objectionable contents.

The social media platforms were also asked to put in place a system for prompt sharing of information sought by the law enforcement agencies for investigation purposes.

Those who attended the meeting, which took place on Wednesday, included representatives of Facebook, Google, Twitter, WhatsApp, YouTube and Instagram. Officials from the Department of Telecom and various security agencies were also present.

The representatives briefed the government officials about actions taken by them to ensure blocking of websites and for removal of objectionable and malicious contents from public view. All social media platforms assured the government of full cooperation.

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