Mr. Rajdeep Ghosh, Assistant Professor of Law at Rashtriya Raksha University, Gandhinagar
Instances are rare where people are unaware of social media platforms. In the present era, social media has turned out to be omnipresent where within a few seconds only information is transmitted to unlimited sources and persons with more speed than a bullet even. People find these very useful for entertainment, business, and information (including confidential/private) sharing cum generating purposes. Usage of social media platforms also makes the users susceptible to crimes via or on the same platforms and instances are growing speedily where many ill-intended people misutilise these platforms and compromise the data of other netizens who use social media causing a gross violation of the rights of the bonafide users. In such situations, the protection of the rights of the bonafide users and punishing the culprits become a very pertinent task. This article shall endeavor to identify, detect and review the crimes that are done in or through the social media platforms in India and to provide as to how the bonafide users would legally deal with these under the prevailing laws along with putting forward a few suggestions to be followed by the users, law enforcing agencies and the legislatures for better detection, prevention, and regulation of the said crimes.
Keywords: Social media, crime, India, prevailing regulating laws, the efficiency of the laws, suggestions