The government can take legal action on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. These social media platforms have not yet fully followed the new intermediary rules implemented in February. Learn about the case in detail.
Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube may have legal action in India. These social media platforms have not yet followed the norms of the new intermediary rules. In February this year, the government passed new rules for social media platforms with more than 5 million users. Under these rules, the main social media platforms have to appoint at least three officers, whose job is to comply with the grievance redressal and specific code of conduct.
What did facebook say?
According to NDTV’s report, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have not yet fully complied with the new intermediary rules. Spokesperson of Facebook said that he is in talks with the government on some of his matters. The statement issued by the spokesperson said that our objective is to follow the provisions of the IT rules and we are discussing some issues which require more engagement with the government.
The statement said, “As per IT rules, we are working to implement and improve the new rules. Facebook is committed to freely and safely expressing itself to people on its platform. ’Twitter, however, declined to comment on the matter. Google has not responded to this matter.
What are the new rules?
Explain that the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting together issued the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021 on 25 February this year. There are some restrictions on digital platforms under the new IT rules. Social media platforms have been give three months to comply with the new rules.
Under the new rule, social media platforms with more than 50 lakh register users have to appoint a Chief Compliance Officer. The job of these officers is to get the Intermediate Rules complied with the Information Technology Act 2000. Simultaneously, these companies have to appoint a nodal officer, who will be in touch with law enforcement agencies and appoint another officer whose job will be to accept complaints within 24 hours and respond to them within 15 days.