Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari today said social media represents the largest "ungoverned space on planet earth" and this needs some institutionalised rules for their regulation.
"Never before in the history of mankind has there been so much power in the hands of so many people and located at so many places. There is more digital content churned out every two days than from the beginning of civilisation till the 2003," Tewari said.
"But how do you deal with the inflow of information… that could have serious and far reaching implications that could upset social conditions and long term hidden and invisible impact which could fracture social relations," he asked.
"There are 8 crore people on Facebook, 1.7 crore on Twitter and on other social media platforms and each of them has certain sets of followers and likes and dislikes and you can put out anything without restrains," he said, addressing at a function to mark the 69th Anniversary of a local English daily.
"The virtual civilisation consolidating itself more with time, the entire nature of the states and counter states, the nature of insurgency, terrorism response...will completely transform itself in front of us completely," Tewari said, adding that nations and states will have to adapt themselves.
The Union Information and Broadcasting Minister said the only way for the government is to have institutionalised rules in the social media space. At the same time, he said, regulating the new media is neither desirable nor possible.
The minister said there is a need to have common rules of engagement among countries in a democratic virtual space to prevent any cataclysmic impact it could have on the physical world.