Should the Internet be censored?

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In Favor:-

  • Even though the internet is giving access to information to all for free, it is increasingly turning into a breeding ground for violent behaviour. Criminals are spreading hate content and impacting innocent youth.
  • Sexually explicit content on the internet is misguiding children and youth. It encourages violence and gender stereotypes.
  • Terrorists are recruiting innocent youth through the internet. Censorship helps in stopping these activities.
  • Cyberbullying is on the rise. It affects not just individuals but families and society.
  • Internet censorship helps in maintaining Cybersecurity.
  • Rapidly increasing piracy need to be curtailed through censorship.
  • Spreading fake news has become common these days. But they are rarely penalized. Blocking the websites that originate fake news, creates fear and acts as a deterrent.
  • Misleading ads such as losing weight, skin brightening are trapping innocents and causing financial loss.
  • Dangerous clips such as sexual abuse on women and children are increasingly uploaded on internet impacting innocent minds.
  • Human traffickers are using the internet to grow their exploitative business. Censoring the internet impacts them and can reduce human trafficking.
  • The present generation children are exposed to hate content, adult sites and misleading content. To protect children and adolescents, and to restore moral values, censorship is needed.
  • Some people are defaming their enemies as a revenge tactic. Punishment and censorship will help in solving such kind of problems.

Against:-

  • Internet censorship violates the right to freedom of speech and expression.
  • Internet censorship will lead to concentration of power in the hands of the government. It may block access to honest criticism on government, opposition parties’ websites in the name of ‘hate speech’. It will lead to dictatorship.
  • At present the Internet has equality. Anyone can write and publish their content easily. With censorship, money power may rule the internet. Rich people can write anything, but poor may have to go through a lot to not get blocked.
  • Radical changes in society may not spread easily with censorship. Leaders with orthodox beliefs will not accept change and may censor the content such as articles on allowing women to places of worship.
  • As everyone has different opinions on what is good and what is bad, every content that is censored can lead to protests.

The situation in India:-

  • In India, pirated content is removed, if the content creator goes to court. These days this option is increasingly utilized.
  • India banned porn sites in 2014, but the ban was lifted within a week due to public pressure.
  • In 2015, 32 websites were banned in India including Daily motion, GitHub, Vimeo as they could host terror content relating to ISIS. But this ban too was lifted later.

The situation in other countries:-

  • Chinese have no access to google, facebook, twitter.
  • Saudi Arabia and UAE block the sites that contain pornography and any other Anti-Islamic content.

Conclusion:-

Censoring Internet will not be accepted by many because of its vulnerability to power politics. But there is a dire need to monitor the content on the internet to trap criminals and to protect society from the evil side of the internet.

Your Turn…

Do you think the Internet should be censored? Express your thoughts in the comment section below.


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3 comments

  1. According to me Internet is a great boon of our society.Its a part and parcel of our life,even without Internet we can’t think of our life, but everything is the good side and bad side as a human being we have to decide which one we will take. Through Internet we can do any type of work ,we can access our Bank account,pay utility bill, meeting, conference etc. People can save their time don’t need to go to the outlet. But some of the people they use internet in bad purpose. Teenagers waste their time this is not good, everything should limit. In a democratic country everybody has right to express their opinion but should not lure , should not influence in bad purpose , should not Panic so it should be censored

  2. According to me internet should not be censored. People will upload anything either good or bad to our society but we should take only the good thing. It’s upto us only .

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