In a recent development, the Manipur government has introduced new regulations aimed at curbing the dissemination of violent content on social media platforms. These measures have raised concerns among experts about their potential for broader consequences.
Radhika Roy, associate legal counsel at the Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF), emphasized that the current order issued by the Manipur government may impose overbroad restrictions on the sharing of videos, images, and pictures on social media. As of now, no established laws, rules, or regulations explicitly permit such extensive constraints on the distribution of digital content.
The move by the Manipur government reflects a broader global trend as governments grapple with the challenges posed by the dissemination of violent and harmful content on social media platforms. While addressing these concerns is essential, experts argue that it is crucial to strike a balance between ensuring online safety and protecting the principles of free expression and access to information.
The introduction of these regulations in Manipur serves as a reminder of the ongoing debate surrounding the regulation of social media content and the need for clear and precise legal frameworks to address these concerns without compromising fundamental rights and freedoms.
The implementation and implications of these rules will undoubtedly continue to be a topic of discussion among legal experts, civil rights organizations, and advocates of digital freedom. It remains to be seen how these regulations will evolve and whether they can strike an appropriate balance between ensuring online safety and upholding democratic values.