Twitter, Whatsapp, Instagram contents may be tracked. We will be in a surveillance stateThe recent proposal of the MoIB to set up a Social Media Communication Hub, to track contents of Twitter, Whatsapp, Instagram and even e-mails is deplorable. It is a direct infringement on the privacy of an individual and the real motive behind this is not clear.
This motive may have direct reference to the spreading of fake news and rumors through different social media platforms that resulted in mob lynching and communal flare ups in different parts of the country, but it is not pointing to the crime – rather suspecting everybody as a criminal.
Circulation of rumor/misinformation is always a crime and punishment for such crime should be exemplary, which will work as a deterrent. In today's world, the technologies have advanced in an unimaginable way and the resolution to the menace of circulating misinformation through different social media platforms must be found technically. If the government is so keen on tapping/snooping on every personal communication then it is advisable to ban all these communication mediums as a whole.