Mr. Sibal – Noble intentions, screwed up execution
Rather the lack of anything related to execution, I should have said. I have been seeing a lot of tweets on Twitter where Mr. Kapil Sibal is being ridiculed for his call of censoring the Online Content. To be honest, there were some cracking tweets and I loved reading those jokes!!!! 🙂
However, scratch the surface and his call in not ”totally” uncalled for. He is a learned man and his thought is absolutely justified. Let me take you through my thoughts behind supporting the statement and why it should not have been made right now.
We need online censorship. There is absolutely no two ways about it, in my humble opinion.
Well, censorship in Social Media is as relevant as censorship in films. Why is there no hoopla when a film is awarded an A rating or an U rating? Why are the scenes cut on censorship table and we accept that?
There is offensive content on the web. Offensive content on social media too. To tell you honestly, Social Media influences way more than a normal website with instigating material because Socia Media interacts. Today, lot of young kids are on Facebook and Twitter is catching up fast. Information is all which flows. Faster than the breaking news of news channels. Do we need to filter that? What’s wrong in us getting the content which flows?
So why censor? We are a diverse country. We have sectarian politics, casteism, various religions and we have a history of things happening with the slightest of instigations. As a minister, he has full right to think on those lines. Censorship is needed.
Why this kolaveri then? Because we don’t know. We don’t know what’s wrong to post, we don’t know what deserves to be filtered? Because Mr. Sibal just spoke, did not think beyond that. There are no guidelines, there has been no direction. There has been no justification.
People will react when you propose something to curb what they have always considered their right.
Believe you me, the protests are from the ones who will never post anything offensive under any proposed law and infact, the ones protesting will NEVER have any of their content compromised. I am sure of that. Mr. Sibal is no jerk. If he thinks of filtering a tweet which says, Rahul Gandhi is a jerk, then he is a jerk. I HOPE that is not the case and intention.
Also, I liked Mr. Sibal’s idea of making Google and Facebook adhere to the values and culture of India. They should not be operating and managing content in India under US Community rules.
Well, that’s my two cents.
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