Social Media responsible for unrest in Shillong

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New Delhi: Social media has immense advantages but prevalently it is doing much harm to the society. Social media platforms are spreading ideologies that divide the society. As well as the role of social media in the incidents of violence, it is coming out. From the riots in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar in 2013 to the role of social media is coming out in the violence in Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya.

What has happened in Shillong?
On May 31, 2018, in Shillong, capital of Meghalaya, a Khasi civilian then a woman from the Punjabi settlement expressed resentment, there was a heated conversation between the two groups. After getting the information Police reached the spot, but after some time the message on the social media became viral that people of Punjabi habitation had killed a man of the Khasi community. At the same time, people of Punjabi settlement got a message that a youth of the Khasi community has teased a Punjabi girl. After this a violent crowd hit the roads in Shillong. The army was deputed to stop the violence, but this proved of no help.

What happened in Muzaffarnagar?
Violence erupted after the killing of two youths in Kawal, Muzaffarnagar. Before the violence, a video of Pakistan on 15 August 2010 went viral on social media. The video was from Sialkot, but in Muzaffarnagar, it was broadcast by saying that it was about  two youths who were beaten in Kawal. this was followed by a riot between communities in which several people lost their lives.

Facebook and Twitter do not run in China, Uganda has imposed a tax
Considering the increasing role of social media in the incidents of violence, the question arises whether it should be banned or any kind of surveillance on the content running on it? For instance, China has banned and  Twitter in the country, instead the Chinese government runs a social media platform named Weibo. The government system keeps a track of every message that comes in it. At the same time, Uganda has recently imposed a tax on social media. There, now every person using social media will have to pay tax of rupees 3 paise to 36 paise of Indian currency.

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