According to some inputs, popular Social media platforms Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram might face a ban in India as they have failed to follow the guidelines set by the Government of India. Nevertheless, the Indian version of Twitter, Koo is the only social media app that has obeyed the new guidelines ahead of May 25. Back in February, the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MEITY) had given a three-month ultimatum to the social media platforms.
It is a very critical moment for social media conglomerates. According to some officials of the government, if they do not follow the new rules by May 25, they will lose their status and some legal action can be taken against them as per laws.
When asked if Facebook abides by the regulations or not, a company spokesperson said, “We aim to follow the requirements of the IT rules and continue to discuss a few of the questions which need more appointment with the government. In terms of IT rules and regulations, we are working to implement operational processes and improve efficiencies. The company remains loyal to people’s ability to freely and safely express themselves on our platform.”
According to new rules commenced by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the social media platforms will have to appoint officers from India. The appointed officer will supervise the complaints, go through with the content and remove if it is objectionable. As per the sources, the rules are not only applicable to social media platforms but also to OTT platforms.
The OTT platforms including Amazon Prime, Netflix, and the rest of others will have to appoint a grievance redressal officer based in India who will take care of the complaints and take action on them in 15 days. The government of India is about to form a committee to regulate the content. The new rules also mention that the committee will have the right to take action on complaints of the violation of codes.