LAW ET JUSTICIA LAW REVIEW
VOLUME 1 ISSUE 1
SOCIAL MEDIA CALL-OUTS: A NEW WAVE OR INSTITUTIONAL ABROGATION
Mr. SRIHARI MANGALAM,
National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata
The social identity of a 21st-century-being, today, forms a place of abject importance. The identity of humans as social animals, with the inclusion of newer e-mediums of communication, has taken a greater meaning. The incredibly popular platforms such as Facebook and Instagram provide a large space for its users to interact and form connections; the Nokian motto of ‘Connecting people” holds a new denotation in 2020. Nonetheless, the growth of electronic mediums has also created space for a new wave of information generation and rights assertion. Numerous Facebook and Instagram handles are dedicated to generating awareness about social human rights and sharing experiences of survivors/victims of abhorrent human actions. The idea behind such forums, or even the multiple movements with social media projections, such as the #Metoo movement, is to create a much safer space not just on the platforms in question, but in the real world too. The incidents shared through these pages, accounts, etc. have affected much in the outside world in recent years. The new power of social media has shifted the dynamics of information broadcasting, where an experience shared over these platforms will have a much larger audience as compared to their traditional print and media counterparts. Accordingly, with great power comes great responsibility. It is important that the incredible outreach and the possibility to do much good through these social mediums does not override the semblance of ‘due process’ that needs to be followed. The current trend has become to accept wholeheartedly, without questioning, any experience shared over these platforms; while this has allowed victims to much easily come out and share their stories, it has also created a situation of disregard for the accused’s version. Accordingly, the idea behind this piece is to analyse the growth of social media as a space for information generation, harping on the much good it has done while also probing the possibility of extreme repercussions from an unchecked trend of social media call outs.