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Mamata Banerjee cautions people on misuse of social media

The social media should not be used to spread negativity or fake news, Banerjee said on the occasion of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day today

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Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday cautioned people over the misuse of social media.

The social media should not be used to spread negativity or fake news, Banerjee said on the occasion of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.

“Today is World Telecommunication and Information Society Day. In this day and age, we must not use social media and the internet to spread negativity or to malign others or spread fake news,” Banerjee tweeted this morning.

The World Telecommunication and Information Society Day marks the anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the International Telecommunication Union.

The day is observed annually to help raise awareness about the advantages that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies(ICT) can bring to societies and economies and ways to bridge the digital divide.

17 May marks the anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the International Telecommunication Union.

World Telecommunication Day has been celebrated annually on 17 May since 1969, marking the founding of (ITU) and the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865. It was instituted by the Plenipotentiary Conference in Malaga-Torremolinos in 1973.

The 2018 theme of the (WTISD) will focus on the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to accelerate the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). AI-based technologies are already emerging as a key component of proactive tools and applications being used to help people lead better lives by improving healthcare, education, finance, agriculture, transportation, and a wide range of other services.

In November 2005, the World Summit on the Information Society called upon the UN General Assembly to declare 17 May as World Information Society Day to focus on the importance of (ICT) and the wide range of issues related to the Information Society raised by (WSIS).
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