If we tell you that Facebook, Twitter, Instagram will be closed today, what will be your reaction? You must be kidding. Today is May 25 and today is the end of the three months that the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology gave these companies to follow the new rules. In such a situation, if Facebook, Twitter, Instagram do not follow these rules then they will be closed.
Why Ban Social Media
On 25 February 2021, the Central Government had given 3 months on behalf of the Ministry of Electronics and IT of India. In this time, instructions were given to regulate digital content. Compliance officers, nodal officers, etc. were also asked to be appointed for this. The central government said that whoever is appointed should have jurisdiction in India. It was also said that social media platforms have to monitor objectionable content, compliance reports and remove objectionable content. It was also told to social media platforms that if any complaint is received under the new rules, then it will have to accept it within 24 hours. Along with this, 15 days of indoor action will also have to be done. At the same time, if action is not taken, then the reason will have to be given.
Indian app Koo implemented new rules
According to the sources, these social media platforms have not implemented these rules yet. ‘Koo’ the Indian microblogging site, said on Saturday that it has followed the new guidelines for the digital platform before the deadline set at the end of this month. But no other social media platform has done so yet.
Sources say that company which fails to follow these rules, their intermediary status can be abolished and criminal action can also be taken against them. Also, sources said that if companies fail to follow these new rules by May 26, they may lose the protection given to them under Section 79 of the Information Technology Act.
New Digital Ethics Code
With the new digital ethics code, the government aims to create a progressive institutional mechanism. Union IT and Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had said that streaming services have been designed to prevent misuse and disclose the source of misinformation and remove it within 24 hours.
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