The National Secretariat of the Communist Party of India issued the following statement today (August 19, 2020) against the use of social media by the ruling dispensation to serve its divisive agenda:
The National Secretariat of the Communist Party of India condemns the misuse of the social media by the ruling dispensation to cater to its divisive and polarizing agenda. Self-censorship by FACE BOOK is far from satisfactory as revealed by experience and reports from newspapers. Hence steps must be taken to make it accountable and free from bias as well as to stop its use by people advocating hatred and violence.
The party demands that the government should take the Parliament into confidence in the interest of democracy. Parliament should evolve an appropriate mechanism in this regard.
Transparency, accountability and neutrality of a medium in expressing views is not a government vs opposition issue but is a broader issue of public interest and concerns upholding democratic values.