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Twitter, Facebook may not be able to operate in India from May 26

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Highlights:

  • Social media platforms are likely to lose their protections as intermediaries.
  • The deadline for complying with the provisions is ending on Tuesday.
  • The companies demand an extension for compliance.

Except for one Indian social media company Koo, none of the top social media intermediaries have appointed a resident grievance officer, a chief compliance officer, and a nodal contact person yet. Some platforms have asked for a six-month deadline, saying they were waiting for instructions from their headquarters in the US.

The deadline to accept the guidelines set by the government will end on May 25. If social media companies do not obey the rules, they may lose their status and protections as intermediaries and may become liable for criminal action as per the existing laws of India.

The new rules for social media:

The New rules make it mandatory for all chat messaging apps like Whatsapp, Facebook to identify the first originator of the information that helps to identify the person who circulates Fake news on online platforms.

The social media platforms require to appoints various officers:

  • Chief Compliance Officer: That Ensures compliance with the act and rules made by the government.
  • Resident Grievance Officer: Accountable for all functions listed in the grievance mechanism.
  • The last is the person responsible for coordination with law enforcement agencies and officers.

The grievance officer must acknowledge the complaint within 24 hours and dispose it of within 15 days and provide reasons to the complainant for any action/inaction.

Social media companies will have to take down posts depicting nudity or morphed photos within 24 hours of receiving a complaint and will be required to disclose the first originator of the mischievous information that undermines the sovereignty of India

The Indian Government also created a Code of Ethics for digital platforms which is a mandatory requirement to control them.

The consequence of the inaction?

The social media companies could lose their privileges under Section 79 of the IT Act, which states that an intermediary will not be liable for any “third party information, data, or communication link made available or hosted by him”.

The companies could be held criminally responsible for content on their platforms.

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