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Key Issues and a Proposed Framework

Queerphobia over Social Media in India

Increasingly, the all-pervasive use of social media in India calls for its regulation. Not only there exists no law to address queerphobic content over social media, but also the only possible regulation through social media content review committees has often been problematic. Any attempt at legislation has not been successful and hence the need for a new suitable framework.

 

In this age of the internet, social media has emerged as a new public space. Queerphobia on social media, through texts, videos, images, etc, is rampant. The absence of a legal regime to address the issue makes it worse, and regulation by the social media review committee (internal committees of social media platforms) has rather been problematic. In this regard, controversy sparked by CarryMinati’s “roast video” and its removal by YouTube is a good point to begin the discussion. Using a mix of incident-specific and general analysis of queerphobia over social media, I shall argue that this form of queerphobia is different from queerphobia in traditionally understood public spaces and is far-reaching with tremendous implications. Therefore, it needs to be dealt with by having an appropriate legal framework in place.

Framework and Scope

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Updated On : 22nd Jan, 2022
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