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Addressing Concerns : New IT Rules Aims To Stop Misuse Of Social Media – Ravi Shankar Prasad

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In a statement aimed at assuring uses of nothing to worry about the new IT rules, Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that WhatsApp users have nothing to fear about new social media rules, that are designed to prevent abuse and misuse of platforms, and offer users a robust forum for grievance redressal. The government welcomes criticism including the right to ask questions.

In tweet Prasad sought to address the public concern as he wrote, Government fully recognises and respects the right of privacy. Ordinary users of WhatsApp have nothing to fear about the new Rules. Its entire objective is to find out who started the message that led to commissioning of specific crimes mentioned in the Rules.

The new Rules are only designed to prevent abuse and misuse of social media. The government welcomes criticism including the right to ask questions. The Rules only empower the ordinary users of social media when they become victims of abuse and misuse,” Prasad was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

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