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Govt develops plan for social media curbs

Taking serious note of recent misuse of the Internet and social media, the government has formulated a three-pronged strategy, including setting up a cyber-surveillance agency, which can forewarn about any such malicious intent.

At a recent meeting chaired by the national security advisor Shivshanker Menon, it was also decided to frame guidelines for telecom operators to prevent panic reaction as seen in recent weeks when Internet and social media was used to spread rumours, particularly on clashes in Assam, according to the minutes of the meeting.

The meeting, which was also attended by senior officials from the home ministry, the Prime Minister's Office, intelligence agencies and from National Security Council Secretariat, took stock of the validity, impact and effectiveness of the government action to block certain content on the internet and social media, it said.

It was felt that in future, an 'appropriate regime should be put in place to address similar situation in a smart, timely and consistent manner', it said.
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