Verbal Question of the Day: 51
Critical Reasoning (CR)
Q. The Department of Telecom has said that it is considering a policy to block mobile applications such as WhatsApp and Facebook during emergencies, especially when national security and public order are under threat. The trigger behind this move is the growing incidents of lynchings invariably based on fake news that goes viral on social media channels. Government departments training their policy guns on technologies and companies that provide them in the marketplace are ill advised on several counts. Such a ban would violate the fundamental right of free speech. It would mean withholding services for most genuine consumers so that a tiny majority of trouble-makers are restricted. Bringing in such a policy also ignores the efforts of the industry to self-regulate itself.
Which one of the following most accurately expresses the gist of the given argument?
- ‘Managing the symptoms and ignoring the cause’ is an apt description of the policy to block certain mobile apps during emergencies.
- The Department of Telecom’s move to block some mobile applications during emergencies would be a misguided one.
- The Department of Telecom’s policies are a threat to citizens’ constitutionally guaranteed rights.
- While it has certain drawbacks, the Department of Telecom’s move to block some mobile apps during emergencies is necessary to curb lynchings.
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