Why are Social Media Apps Banned in India | What We Know So Far | Latest News on Facebook Twitter Instagram Ban
There are a lot of speculations going on and questions raised on why will be social media apps banned in India. In order to look for the answers, we need to go back to February 2021, when the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MEIT) had given a three-month time to the social platforms including Facebook Twitter andand Instagram to comply with the new IT rules.
If the social media giants like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram do not comply with the new intermediary guidelines, they may face a ban in India.
The deadline given to accept the guidelines set by the government was to end on May 25
Social media tech giants like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are most likely to go off in India if they do not comply with the Indian govt’s new Intermediary Guidelines. The last date to accept the guidelines set by the government ends today on May 25 but as of now none of the platforms including WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter has complied with the new regulations yet.
While the Indian version of Twitter, called as Koo, is the only social media app that has complied with the new guidelines ahead of the May 25 deadline.
It is going to be a breathtaking moment for the social media platforms in India for they will lose their protections as intermediaries and criminal action can be taken against them as per the laws of India, a government official said in a statement. The US-based companies had sought six months time as they are waiting for a response from the US headquarters.
One of Facebook’s spokesman said in a statement, “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 the platform.
The streaming platforms including Netflix, Amazon Prime and others will have to appoint a grievance redressal officer based in India who will take care of the complaints and act on them in 15 days. The government has been of the view that social media platforms do not have a code of self-regulation. Therefore, it wants the companies to include representatives from the various ministries and form a committee to regulate the content.
The new rules also mention that the committee will have the sole power to take actions on complaints of the violation of codes.
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