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Need to regulate social media, says Khurshid

PTI  Kolkata, March 25, 2013
First Published: 02:19 IST(25/3/2013) | Last Updated: 02:52 IST(25/3/2013)

Lauding the effectiveness of the social media, external affairs minister Salman Khurshid has said the freedom that comes out of using it needs to be regulated.

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“Social media is effective today because we are equal. It is the equality of social media and your ability to manipulate and use technology that gives you the freedom — a freedom which then, perhaps, needs to be regulated. It needs to be regulated because every freedom has to be regulated,” Khurshid said here.

Speaking on the topic freedom versus equality at The Telegraph National Debate here on Saturday evening, he said, “I have never known of equality being regulated but I have known of every freedom (being regulated).”

“Please read the Constitution and if you are a true Indian, please bow to the Constitution which says reasonable restriction on all your freedom - on your freedom of speech, freedom of work, freedom of action,” the senior Congress leader said.

During the debate, where other politicians like corporate affairs minister Sachin Pilot and BJP’s senior leader Ravi Shankar Prasad also participated, it was announced that the views expressed by the speakers were personal and might not reflect the views of the party or government.


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