New Intermediary Guidelines from the Government of India will be in effect from tomorrow and the social media platforms must comply with it to avoid any kind of ban within India.
On February 25, this year Indian government published fresh IT rules that will be applicable from tomorrow 26th of May. And the social media giants like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram will have to follow those rules before the deadline ends.
The big platforms are yet to accept the presented guidelines in front of them and this could be the reason for the ban on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and they had a three-month window to comply with the new rules issued by the Indian government. As per the guidelines, the social media companies must appoint a chief compliance officer and a resident grievance officer along with a nodal contact person in India. The officers will monitor the contents and will overlook the complaints and if they find any objectionable content they will remove it from the platforms.
As per the reports, the USA-based social media companies requested the government for a six-month time period citing the reason that the US headquarters is yet to respond to the matter.
On the other hand, the India-based messaging platform Koo is already on board with the government by complying with those rules as per the IANS reports.
Responding to this situation, a Facebook person said via India Today,
“We aim to comply with the provisions of the IT rules and continue to discuss a few of the issues which need more engagement with the government. Pursuant to the IT rules, we are working to implement operational processes and improve efficiencies. Facebook remains committed to people’s ability to freely and safely express themselves on our platform.”
The other social media giants are yet to react to the situation but we would get a clear picture sooner rather than later.