A Critical Evaluation of Social Media Regulations in India

  • Prakhar Jain
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  • Prakhar Jain

    Student at University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, India

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Social media has become an integral part of modern society, transforming communication, information sharing, and public discourse. However, the rapid rise of social media has raised concerns about issues such as misinformation, cyberbullying, hate speech, and political manipulation. In response to these concerns, governments, including India, have implemented regulations to govern social media platforms. This research paper critically evaluates the social media regulations in India, examining the evolution of social media regulations in the country from the Information Technology Act, 2000 to recent amendments and guidelines introduced by the Indian government. The paper explores the legal framework and provisions governing social media platforms, including requirements for content moderation, user data protection, and intermediary liability. It further analyzes the effectiveness of social media regulations in India, discussing challenges and criticisms associated with the current regulatory framework, such as concerns about censorship, lack of transparency, and potential violations of privacy and free speech rights. The impact of social media regulations on the functioning of social media platforms, online discourse, and digital rights in India is also assessed. Utilizing a critical approach, the research paper draws on relevant literature, legal documents, and case studies to provide an in-depth analysis of social media regulations in India, offering insights into the strengths and weaknesses of the current regulatory framework and highlighting the need for a balanced approach that protects user rights while addressing the challenges posed by social media. In conclusion, this research paper provides a critical evaluation of social media regulations in India, including their legal framework, effectiveness, and impact on society, along with suggestions for improvement. The findings of this research can contribute to the ongoing discourse on social media regulations in India and inform policymakers, stakeholders, and scholars in developing a robust regulatory framework that balances the protection of user rights with the need to address the challenges posed by social media in the country.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 1, Page 2577 - 2588

DOI: https://doij.org/10.10000/IJLMH.114692

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