Patna: Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Saturday drew attention towards alleged “misuse" of social media in forking old “provocative" photographs to foment communal riots and said his ministry was mulling to put a check on it.

“Sitting in the home ministry, I see old provocative photographs being circulated on Facebook which results in communal riots," Shinde said in an indirect reference to Muzaffarnagar riots.

The minister was addressing a function at the launch of a Hindi newspaper here. Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and Rashtriya Janata Dal president Lalu Prasad were also present.

“Recently there was some provocative items about the North-East and strict action was taken," Shinde said. “Seeing the evil impact of social media, which is taking the society on a wrong direction, we are thinking of imposing a check on them," the Shinde said.

He lamented “twisting" of facts in the name of investigative journalism and said it was a challenge for the media to uphold honest journalism. “There is a question mark today on how much truth media reports give...its a big challenge for newspapers to maintain honesty of journalism," he said. Shinde said the print media also faces challenge from faster mode of delivery of information on Internet. PTI