When will Facebook And Twitter Banned In India? If these social media platforms fail to accept new govt guidelines, then they risk losing status as social media platforms and protections as intermediaries. Government can also take action against social media platforms as per the law of the land for not following the rules
Social media giant companies like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Instagram may ban in India if they fail to comply with the new intermediary guidelines for social media platforms.
Instagram Facebook And Twitter Banned In India From Tomorrow?
Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MEITy) gives a three-month time to accept these guidelines ends today i.e. May 25 but none of the giants have so far accepted the new regulations.
The rules will be effective from tomorrow despite these companies seeking a total six-month delay in their implementation.
Indian social media platform Koo, which is the Indian version of Twitter, is the only platform that has so far accepted the Centre’s intermediary guidelines.
If any of these social media platforms fail to accept these guidelines, they risk losing status as social media platforms and protections as intermediaries.
The government can also take action against them as per the law of the land for not following the rules, a government official said.
Meanwhile, Facebook said that it’ll comply with the IT rules. “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. According 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,” an official spokesperson of the company said in a statement.
The new rules announced in February by govt which requires large social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp to follow additional due diligence, including the appointment of a chief compliance officer, nodal contact person and resident grievance officer.
What Are The New Government Guidelines?
- The Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 bring social media and digital news organisations under a three-tier regulatory framework.
- ‘Significant social media intermediaries’ as defined by the Act- which includes platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram- also have to appoint a Chief Compliance Officer, a resident grievance officer and a nodal contact person for 24×7 coordination with law enforcement agencies.
- They also have to publish periodic compliance reports every month mentioning the details of complaints received and action taken.
- Other than this, social media platforms have to track a message’s originator if the government or a court asks them to. This rule has raised concerns about the breach of user privacy.
- Social media companies will have to take down posts depicting nudity or morphed photos within 24 hours of receiving a complaint.
- The rules also state that users who voluntarily want to verify their accounts should be given an appropriate mechanism to do so, and be accorded a visible mark of verification.
- Users will have to be provided with a prior intimation and explanation when a significant social media intermediary removes content on its own.
- In such cases, users have to be provided with an adequate and reasonable opportunity to dispute the action taken by the intermediary.