Recently Indian Union government release new Intermediary Guidelines for social media platforms and asked all platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to follow these rules. Social media platforms failing to comply with new IT rules by the Union government may be ban in India.
The rule was declared on the 25th of February 2021 and social media companies were given three months to confirm the same. Now the deadline ends today (25 May 2021) and none of the platforms has confirmed the new policies. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram-like platforms may ban due to this.
Now you must be wondering why Union government strict to these rules and may ban Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. On Feb 25, 2021 India introduced stronger policies for the social media giants like platforms like Twitter, FB, WhatsApp and Instagram etc. The new IT guidelines have been released to make the social media platforms more responsible and accountable for the content that they allow the users to put out on their platforms.
The Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 bring social media and digital news organizations under a three-tier governing structure. ‘Significant social media agents’ as defined by the Act- which covers platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram- also have to appoint a Chief Compliance Officer, a resident objection officer, and a nodal contact person for 24×7 coordination with law execution agencies. They also have to publish cyclic agreement 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 describing nudity or edited photos within 24 hours of receiving a complaint.
The rules also state that users who wish to verify their accounts should be given a proper mechanism to do so and be given a visible mark of verification.
Users will have to be provided with a prior suggestion and explanation when a significant social media agent removes content on its own. In such cases, users have to be provided a fair and reasonable chance to dispute the action taken by the go-between.