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Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Aug 22, 2014

Karnataka Police Makes It Illegal To 'Like' or 'Share' Objectionable Content - Justified?

Just read the news that the government of Karnataka has made it illegal to like or share objectionable content uploaded on social media sites like Facebook, twitter, YouTube, Google Plus and others. According to an ad in the local newspapers, the police has warned the citizens not to upload, like or share any objectionable content on the Internet. Those who do so may be arrested under section 66(A) of the Information Technology Act and 153(A), 295 of the Indian Penal Code.

The 'objectionable' content, as referred, seems to be the one that hurts the sentiments of any religion, knowingly or unknowingly

Obviously, everyone is going to question the procedure or mechanism to be followed to determine which content is to be classified as objectionable.

Would love to known view of our CEans in this debate whether this initiative by the Karanataka Police is justified. Looking forward to both 'for' and 'against' views on the topic.
It would be great if the government ban spitting culture first
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Aug 22, 2014
Isn't it the Congress government in Karnataka? I'm wondering if it's been effective since it came to power.
ranjan shaw
ranjan shaw • Aug 22, 2014
what will happen to Taj Mahal if ' Pan ' chewers are given a free hand?
..........They'll convert Taj into Lal Killa ..
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Aug 22, 2014
^ @ranjan shaw - spot on! 😁
Pensu
Pensu • Aug 23, 2014
The issue here is to define "Objectionable". And frankly, 66(A) is bullshit. So what if I like/share something, if these religious fanatics believe in their God then they should know He doesn't give a damn about social media. I know I am taking this in other direction but people are idiots. Who the hell cares what I do on facebook and if you can't have the patience of someone talking something against your religion, then, my friend, you are doing religion wrong!

Yes, I agree some people can be above the tolerance level, but again, people are idiots, they want you to outrage, they want you to react violently, and you are playing right into their hand. So, I guess it's more peoples' fault rather than police's. If your religion can't teach you to stay peaceful then that religion deserves to be criticized.
I think it's a real thoughtful decision to declare liking objectionable posts as illegal.

The only prerequisite is that the word 'objectionable' should be properly defined and its definition should also be placed on all social sites.

More ever, when a person wants to have an account in a social networking site,he should be given this definition and asked to comply with it. This should be there in the agreement itself. The account should be activated only when the user has clearly understood the meaning of 'objectionable' and decides to abide by it.

Liking objectionable posts on social sites is like an incentive. It promotes, encourages the person (who has posted the content) to persevere in his pursuit.

Remember, what gets rewarded gets repeated. So a strategy to discourage such posts will ultimately bring it down to zero.

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