NEW DELHI: The government has instructed Google and Facebook to take down ‘false and malicious’ videos and other content that has misinformation about safety and quality in food in India, saying ‘fake’ information is in the public with a food safety
The instructions for the global internet giants have been issued by the IT Ministry, which has asked the companies to remove such content and block the accounts of people who are uploading the videos, sources told TOI.
The order follows a complaint by Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) CEO Pawan Agarwal to IT Secretary Ajay Prakash Sawhney.
“It has come to our notice that some miscreants are misusing various social-media platforms for circulating fake and objectionable material, including false and malicious videos related to safety and quality in India,” an official of IT Ministry said in separate written Communication to the two companies
“Such fake and malicious videos are the public’s confidence about the institutions in India which are performing their work with due diligence,” the official added.
The IT Ministry said that the FSSAI has pointed out the instances where the internet platforms were used to spread misinformation about food quality.
“Specific instances like making false scare of
, melamine in milk One specific fake video which went viral on social media related to the presence of
, wherein it was maliciously projected that FSSAI had granted permission to use melamine in the milk, “the ministry of information told the companies, to the companies of their due diligence for prevention of such image / video / text
FSSAI said that the false content on food security had created fear in the minds of the public and eroded their confidence on food control systems in India. “… such false propaganda is neither good for citizens nor the food business. This also erodes global trust in our food system and food business, and potentially far reaching public health, social and business implications,” FSSAI CEO said. FSSAI also suggested that the companies should appoint a nodal officer so that they can take immediate rewards.