Ahead of election in five states and the national poll too, the social media and its abuse has emerged to be of major concern.
In the latest, the members in Rajya Sabha expressed concern over social media platforms being used to spread rumours and fake news.
The central government went ahead and said that it has asked them to provide technological solutions so that verified fake news and provocative messages can be filtered.
Government also resolved to strengthen the legal framework to ensure that significant social media and instant messaging service providers targeting Indian users do not deprive them of the right to hold proceedings in India and protecting Indian laws.
The statement came from none less than Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Minister said that government is seriously considering that through appropriate rules all social media platforms should be required
to locate their grievance officer in India.
WhatsApp, he said, has informed that it will introduce fact-checking and fake news verification mechanisms to help people check the veracity of content on the platform.
Referring to the reported breach at Facebook where the data of a large number of users were compromised by Cambridge Analytica, he said notices were immediately issued to the two companies and their response sought.>