Facebook, Twitter & Others Social Media Platforms Could Face Government Action Over New Rules

Social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram might face a ban in India if they failed to comply with new Intermediary Guidelines.


Social networking giants such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, among others, have failed to comply with the Ministry of Electronics and IT’s latest internet ethics rules, which expire today, and could face government intervention.

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New Rules and Guidelines for Social Media Platforms

The Ministry of Electronics and IT will oversee social media guidelines, while the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting will oversee the Digital Media Ethics Code for digital media and OTT channels.

According to the guidelines, intermediaries must delete every material flagged by authorities within 36 hours and provide a complaint redressal process, including the assignment of a grievance officer located in the country to deal with grievances within twenty-four hours.

According to the Government of India, social media websites will be held accountable to the Indian Constitution and laws when operating and profiting in the region. The government cites the need for the new regulations as a result of the vices of social media and a lack of accountability and a grievance redressal process.

Furthermore, Intermediaries must delete or block links to material that exposes individuals’ private areas within 24 hours of receiving a complaint. In addition, social media companies were forced to set up a voluntary authentication process to prevent false accounts from being generated on their sites.

Cyclosis sites such as Amazon Prime, Netflix, and others must name a grievance redressal officer based in India. In a tweet, a spokesman for Facebook said, “We plan to conform with the requirements of the IT rules and continue to address a few of the topics that need further interaction with the government.”

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