Kolkata: Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid on Saturday said that social media like Facebook and Twitter are now a reality and has become a fact of life - not an 'embarrassment'.

"The issue is not of embarrassment. The issue is that social media has become a reality and has become a fact of life,"Khurshid said.

In recent times, social media like Facebook and Twitter have caused embarrassment to governments, particularly in the context of recent controversies in West Bengal.

"Americans could not impose restrictions on Wikileaks, so we have to take the social media in our stride. It has become a fact of life", he noted.

The minister said, "We have in the past come up with matters that we had to address. Sometimes we met with success and sometimes not", he said.

"There are very restricted opportunities to impose constraints on social media. I am not saying that there is no law in place," he told reporters at an Indian Chamber of Commerce interaction here.

"There is no conflict between social media and us...but a lot of stuff said or shown is unwholesome for children and vulnerable sections of the society", he added.

(JPN/Agencies)