Good morning to everyone in this room. I would like to thank the principal, the teachers, and my dear friends for allowing me to speak to you today about the regulation of the use of social media. A discussion over how social media platforms should be regulated is necessary due to their effects on human behavior and society.
There are ethical and privacy issues due to big digital corporations imposing unreasonable terms and conditions on Indian customers, and those under the age of 18 are most at risk for being victims of cybercrimes involving data breaches.
Social media algorithms also support social division by isolating users from alternative viewpoints and creating “echo chambers” or “filter bubbles”. This is bad because it weakens the democratic structures that uphold fundamental rights like free expression.
Additionally, fake news, financial fraud, threats to national security, abuses of human rights, online abuse and defamation, denial of agency, and the loss of freedom of thought have all resulted as a result of this.
Controlling social media might be damaging to free speech, monopolies, competition, and the values of an open and accessible Internet. Moreover, it goes against the idea of self-regulation by allowing an inter ministerial committee of government employees to act as an appeals body for any self-regulatory activity.
Moreover, censorship might result from public control of content moderation, which would do much more “unimaginable harm to a democratic polity.” Thank you.