Social Media Communications Hub (SMCH)

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting released a bid document (“SMCH Bid Document”). The document stated the intent to establish a Social Media Communication Hub. This would enable processes such as analyzing large volumes of data across diverse digital platforms in real time, comprehensive analytics along with monitoring and analyzing social media communications, etc.

The proposal was challenged in the Supreme Court by Mahua Moitra, Trinamool Congress MP. The project was subsequently withdrawn by the Government, as informed by the Attorney General, Mr. K.K Venugopal on August 3, 2018. live tweeted the developments in the matter. There were multiple points of concern regarding the SMCH Bid Document. A few of the issues are highlighted here:

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