Everyone from celebrities to the common public got a big shock when the government announced that social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter might face a ban May 26 onwards.
Though the ban did not happen, these platforms have been asked to implement the new Information Technology Rules 2021. But we spoke to a few celebrities about their view on the ban, and here's what they had to say:
Aly Goni: If the ban happened, what good were our smartphones then? People buy these phones mainly to talk over video calls to their families, chat with friends and connect to fans, but if Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp messenger were banned, how are we going to stay connected. Phones will only be used for Google searches and talking.
Meera Deosthale: Of course it would have affected me a lot. Firstly, all the fun and a way to catch up on the world through your phone would have been gone. Also, it was a big shocker for content creators on Instagram. Talking about me, I love Instagram and WhatsApp has become such an easy way for all of us to exchange messages with friends or for work. It would have felt like a technology step back. This ban could have taken us back to life 6-7 years ago social media-wise.
Sharad Malhotra: Social media of any kind shouldn't be banned especially in the lockdown. People are making a career out of it. It is a source of information and entertainment both. If used wisely all of it is a boon. I value social media, but I am not obsessed with it. It enables them to connect with the fans on a regular basis.
Image source: Instagram/alygoni/meera.deosthale/sharadmalhotra009
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