The IT Ministry has become tough on rumors and fake information related to coronavirus on social media platforms. The Ministry has issued instructions to all social media companies to remove all misinformation and rumors related to the virus that has taken the form of an epidemic. The ministry has ordered the removal of these rumors with immediate effect from social media companies Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, etc. On March 20, the ministry issued a directive to social media companies not to post any misinformation related to Coronavirus (COVID-19). The ministry had said that due to this, an atmosphere of fear may arise in the common people.
According to the PTI report, Cyber Law and E-Security Group Co-ordinator Rakesh Maheshwari, on behalf of the ministry, said in the advisory, “The middlemen are requested to prioritize such (false news) content hosted on their platform. Take immediate action to deactivate or remove it. ” This advisory also states that coronavirus is a global problem and the World Health Organization has called it a Global Health Emergency.
According to media reports, at this time much incorrect information related to coronavirus is available on all social media platforms. Because of which an atmosphere of fear is being created among the people. The ministry said in its advisory that users should be warned through campaigns on social media platforms that any misinformation and fake news related to coronavirus will not be uploaded. For this, instructions have been issued to social media companies to check the veracity of all the information related to the Coronavirus on the platform.
Currently, more than 2.5 lakh people worldwide are affected by this epidemic. More than 10 people in ghana are affected by this epidemic, in which 1 person has died. A total of more than 13,000 people around the world have died due to this dangerous virus.