Addressing the burgeoning problem of social media misuse, the Indian government has raised concerns over the issue of abuse of Twitter. In this light, the government has asked the platform to ensure that there is no intrusion by any ‘foreign’ elements during the upcoming elections.
In conversation with the media after meeting with Colin Crowell, Global Head of Policy at Twitter, Union Minister for IT and Electronics Ravi Shankar Prasad said that Twitter should not be abused by sinister forces to “derail the fairness of democracy”.
Adding that as the government does not believe in any control, he suggested that the platform should have a forum of internal regulatory mechanism to eliminate abuse. He also raised concerns about the abuse of Twitter for sprouting communalism, hatred and encouraging terrorism.
This comes in the light of reports which suggested interference of Russia in the US general elections in 2017. It was reported that the lack of records and adequate checks on social media companies like Facebook and Twitter led to unfair election results.
During his ongoing visit to India, Crowell also said that the company is doubling its efforts to curb fake accounts and malicious content.
He added that Twitter is focussing on ‘malicious automation’ and is now challenging 6.4 Mn accounts a week to check whether they are automated or real users.