The central government had directed all social media companies in the country to abide by certain rules.
New Delhi: The central government had directed all social media companies in the country to abide by certain rules and gave them a period of 3 months, which will expire on May 26. So far, these companies have not complied with the rules laid down by the government. So now the three social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will be shut down in India from tomorrow? Such a question has arisen. Meanwhile, Facebook has reacted after the deadline set by the government expired. Facebook said today that it wants to comply with the government’s new rules to regulate content. (We will follow New Digital Rules, says Facebook after Deadline Ending)
A Facebook spokesperson said: “Our goal is to comply with the provisions of the IT rules and to continue discussions with the government on certain issues. “We are working to improve the implementation and efficiency of the operational process in accordance with IT regulations,” the company said in a statement. People will continue to express themselves freely and securely on our platform, Facebook is committed to making such a platform available to the public and to such capabilities.
So far, social media giants Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have not complied with the new rules, according to government sources. Currently no updates have been received in this regard from Twitter or any other platform except Facebook.
What will happen to companies that do not follow the rules?
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) announced the rules for news sites and OTT platforms on February 25 and gave the government three months to adopt the rules. Sources said that if companies fail to comply with the rules, they could be barred from continuing their services or face criminal action.
These sites are required to appoint India-based compliance officers, providing their names and contact addresses. It is also mandatory for companies to create a system to monitor offensive content, submit compliance reports and remove offensive content as a matter of priority.
What are government orders?
On February 25, 2021, the Ministry of Electronics and IT of the Government of India had directed the social media companies to comply with certain instructions within 3 months, which were also published in the Gazette of the Government of India. As per the order, social media companies were asked to appoint compliance officers, nodal officers in India. Also all these officers must be in India. The order also said that social media companies would have to provide information on physical contact persons on their websites or mobile apps.
Three-month term from the government
On 25 February 2021, MEITY of the Government of India had given three months to all social companies to comply with the new rules. These include giving your officer and contact address in India, appointment of compliance officers, redressal of grievances, monitoring of objectionable content, compliance reports and removal of objectionable content. So far no company other than Coo has hired these officers.
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(We will follow New Digital Rules, says Facebook after Deadline Ending)