Aug. 30, 2018

A panel headed by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba – constituted for suggesting measures to check incidents of lynching – submitted its report to a Group of Ministers headed by Union Home Minister.


  • Background:
    • In May-June 2018, more than 20 people were lynched based on fake posts or rumours floating on various social media platforms.

    • Subsequently, this expert panel was constituted to discuss such incidents and suggest measures to curb incidents of mob lynching’s.

  • Recommendations:
    • Social media platforms – Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube and Twitter – need to act in a ‘time-bound’ manner against fake posts.

    • Make social media platforms accountable for not blocking malicious posts and videos when brought to their notice.

    • FIR could be launched against top officials of such platforms for not complying with government orders and they could be prosecuted under law.

  • Way ahead: The Group of Ministers (GoM) will now submit its recommendations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a final decision.

Source : The Hindu