Social Media as a Platform for Instigating and Waging War

Sanjana Suri and Mrunal Randive
Student at Symbiosis Law School, Pune, India.

Volume III – Issue I, 2023

The essay examines the characteristic features of Social Media Platforms and their weaponization by the State as well as the Non-state Actors. The researchers in this paper will facilitate and argue with a host of examples with regards to India as well as pressing issues around the world. The central component of modern information technology, social media, satisfies the interactive component of human communication. Social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter are designed in a way that prevents us from ignoring its use or leading separate lives that are unaffected by them. Additionally, social media is becoming a major influence on how individuals live their religious, social, and cultural lives. Moreover, Social media’s effects and ramifications, difficulties and dangers, are now unavoidable topics in academic discourse. Due to its multi-religious, multi-social, and multi-cultural background, India offers a viable opportunity to research the effects of religious tolerance on social media. Social media is now being used to spread various religious customs and ideologies, leading to increased religious intolerance and communal riots. The rise of religious fundamentalism has caused conflict among various religious institutions and communities. As a result, the difficulties of religious tolerance in social media have been identified, as have the nature and scope of social media sites and networks. Furthermore, the new media of communication has laid the foundation for social media tools, which can be interpreted as a continuation and strengthening of participatory communication, according to studies of social media analysis. The goal of this participatory approach is to raise awareness, consciousness, and mobilize people for collective action.


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