The Indian government has introduced a new privacy bill to curb the spread of misinformation and fake news,media MSPoweruser reported. The new bill aims to push social media sites to authenticate users to ensure that fake accounts and fake news are reduced.
The problem of fake news has become a problem for the Indian government. The Personal Data Protection Act will force social media giants like Facebook and Twitter to devise a way to verify users on their platforms, according to government sources contacted by Reuters. Not only that, but the Indian government wants social media sites to show their identities publicly. “The idea is to reduce the spread of fake news and online seduction, ” said one of the sources. “
India’s cabinet has passed the Privacy Bill and will soon be submitted to Parliament. However, a source told Reuters that the bill would not pass soon because it could be submitted to a parliamentary committee of experts or panels for further review.
Although the verification process is not mandatory, it can distinguish the public from the unverified account. The ultimate goal here is to ensure that the user knows that the information was shared by an unverified account and therefore cannot be trusted.
Earlier this year, WhatsApp added a “forward” tag to make sure users knew their messages had been forwarded. This is a precautionary measure to ensure that users do not blindly forward information. Although the feature looks good, it doesn’t really work because users are still blindly forwarding messages to everyone without taking the time to decide whether news is fake. This may be the case with the proposed verified system, as users will still be able to forward and share stories from unverified accounts, which will not be possible.