New Delhi: Underlining the importance of checking the spread of wrong information in society, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said Monday the accountability of the social media should be fixed like the print media. Om Birla was addressing the students of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC). He described journalists as the ‘conscience keepers’ of the society. Birla said it is the responsibility of journalists to keep the vision and intellectual consciousness of the society friendly to the nation.
Birla emphasised that the media should be responsible, responsive and reachable to serve the nation effectively. He stressed on the accountability of the social media and said it should be fixed like the print media, the Lok Sabha Secretariat said in a statement.
The Lok Sabha speaker made these remarks while cautioning that the spread of wrong information impacts the society negatively, which should be checked. Birla said journalists stand with the truth with a sense of fearlessness and impartiality to perform their duty diligently and impartially. He called upon the future scribes to educate the public with their stories, stick to authentic information and spread a constructive and positive message in India.