WhatsApp Controversy | Citizens should not be intimidated by new rules on social media: Central Government

WhatsApp has filed a lawsuit in the Delhi High Court against the government’s digital rules.

WhatsApp Controversy |  Citizens should not be intimidated by new rules on social media: Central Government

Ravi Shankar Prasad

New Delhi WhatsApp has filed a lawsuit in the Delhi High Court against the government’s digital rules. The instant messaging platform claims that the government’s new rules interfere with end-to-end encryption provided by the company to users. (WhatsApp users have nothing to fear on new social media rules says IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad)

In response, the government said it respects the people’s “right to privacy” and does not intend to violate that right. Reacting to this, Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the government fully respects the privacy of the people. Ordinary WhatsApp users need not fear these new rules. Its main purpose is to find out who started the message of the specific crimes mentioned in the rules.

Criticism from the government is welcome

Ravi Shankar Prasad said that new rules have been framed to curb the misuse of social media. The government welcomes criticism with the right to ask questions. The rules only enable ordinary users of social media when they are victims of abuse and abuse.

The IT Minister further said that giving information about the first originator of the offensive message is already prevalent. These messages relate to crimes related to India’s sovereignty, integrity and security, public order, rape, child sexual abuse.

Social media companies need to appoint officials in India

Ravi Shankar Prasad said that under the new rules, social media companies will have to appoint grievance redressal officers, compliance officers and nodal officers. So that all social media users have a platform to resolve their grievances.

The new rules were announced on February 25. The new rules will require additional measures on major social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp (which have more than 50 million users in the country). This includes the appointment of Chief Compliance Officer, Nodal Officer and Complaints Officer based in India.

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