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The government temporarily bans social media platforms to prevent the spread of rumors in emergency situations like mob lynching and terrorist attacks. Social media ban helps a lot in overcoming the situation. According to a survey by market research firm IPSOS, 88% of Indians support social media bans made during emergencies.

61% of Indians believe the information on social media is correct

  • In Malaysia, 75% in Malaysia, 73% in Saudi Arabia, 72% in China and 69% in UK support this move by the government, with Argentina 47%, Serbia 49% and Japan 50% with such social media ban Includes countries where few people think right about this decision of the government. Most Indians say that they consider the social media ban as temporary for some time in an emergency.
  • In a sensitive situation, rumors are spread by anti-social elements on different social media platforms, which causes fear in the minds of people. In such a situation, banning these platforms for some time may prove to be a right decision, after which there is no problem in overcoming the situation – Parijat Chakraborty, Country Service Line Leader, IPSOS Public Affairs, Corporate Reputation and Customer Experience, India
  • While 80% of Indians support the social media ban at the time of emergency, 61% of Indians believe that the information provided by social media companies in emergencies is credible.
  • IPSOS says the survey was conducted between 24 May and 7 June 2019. It included 19,823 adults aged 18–74 years in the US, South Africa, Turkey and Canada, and 16–74 years of age in other countries.

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