NEW DELHI: Social media platforms will never be allowed to abuse India’s election process and stringent measures backed by laws on data protection and individual privacy have been put in place, Information Technology (IT) Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said.

Addressing the plenary of the G-20 Digital Economy Ministerial meeting in Salata,  Argentina, on August 23-24, Prasad also noted that India had taken serious note of the  reported data misuse by social media platforms and said the purity of the democratic  process should never be compromised, an IT Ministry statement said here on Sunday.

The Minister’s remarks come after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) launched a preliminary enquiry against the British political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica for alleged illegal harvesting of personal data of Indians from Facebook.

The UK consultancy has also been accused of allegedly interfering in the 2016 US Presidential elections, reports IANS.

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