Beloved Social Media Platforms  Twitter, Whatsapp, Instagram to be banned in India

In India, the beloved social media platforms Twitter, Whatsapp, Instagram, Facebook might be banned. As in if they do not agree with the new intermediary guidelines.

On February 25 the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) already in the gazette notified the rules for social media in India. Thus, giving social media companies a time span of three months to apply that.

What exactly happened between social media and government?

According to the officials, if the companies do not apply the rules, they may have to undergo criminal prosecution. As the social media companies’ status of intermediate ended. By the government, the last date mentioned was 25th May, which ended today.

Meanwhile, no social media app except the KOO app, the Indian version of Twitter has agreed with the rules.

Revealing whether Facebook will comply with the rules or not, a company spokesperson said in a statement, “We aim to comply with the provisions of the IT rules and continue to discuss a few of the issues which need more engagement with the government. Pursuant to the IT rules, we are working to implement operational processes and improve efficiencies. Facebook remains committed to people’s ability to freely and safely express themselves on our platform.” For the response from the US headquarters, the US companies demanded 6 month’s time.

According to the rules announced by the Ministry of Electronics and information technology: the compliance officers from India will have to be appointed by all the social media platforms. The task of these officers will be to have a look at the complaints, scan the content. Along with these can remove the content if it’s objectionable. The committee given the right to take action if any of the rules are violated by any of the companies.

Previously these same sets of rules made applicable to OTT platforms also. Such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, thus, binding them to the code of regulation instead of self-regulation.

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Kritika Agarwal

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