"Sitting in Home Ministry, I see old provocative photographs being circulated on Facebook which results in communal riots," Shinde said in an indirect reference to Muzaffarnagar riots.
The Home Minister was addressing a function at the launch of a Hindi newspaper in Patna. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD president Lalu Prasad were also present.
"Recently, there were some provocative items about North-East and strict action was taken," Shinde said.
"Seeing the evil impact of social media which is taking the society on a wrong direction we are thinking of imposing a check on them," the Union Home Minister said.
Shinde lamented ‘twisting’ of facts in the name of investigative journalism and said it was a challenge for the media to uphold honest journalism.
"There is a question mark today on how much truth media reports gives, it’s a big challenge for newspapers to maintain honesty of journalism," he said.
Shinde said that the print media also faces challenge from faster mode of delivery of information on internet.


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