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Will Social Media ban in India? like: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other Apps

Social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other Apps could be ban in India if they do not face intermediary guidelines. Want to know more exact details? Then must go through this blog once. Let’s see what exactly has happened!

Social media vs Indian government: What has Happened?

Indian Government has asked the social media platforms such as Facebook. Instagram, Twitter and other Apps to follow new intermediary guidelines. The deadline to meet these guidelines ends on May 25 2021 and those platforms who failed to meet this these guidelines can be dealt strictly.

Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITy) has announced the rules on 25th February 2021. All large social platforms were given 3 months to comply all the rules and guidelines announced recently. But yet none of the social media platforms have followed the guidelines. As per sources those who fails to meet guidelines might lose the protection given to them under section 79 of Information Technology Act.

What were the rules announced on 25th Feb 2021 by Indian government for social media platform?

  1. As per the new rule all the large social media companies classified by the government are supposed to appoint 3 new officers which are:
    • Resident grievance officer
    • Chief Compliance officer
    • Nodal Contact person
  2. Also, the social media intermediaries have to add Physical Contact Address on its website so that people with any issues/problems can approach them.
  3. If any person raises a complaint then there should be Swift grievance redressal mechanism which means the complaints should be fulfilled within 15days. Also, they need to add automatic tools to automatically delete/remove the harmful/disturbed content in social media.
  4. They are also required to publish a monthly complaint report to know up till now how many problems have been solved.

Likewise, many more rules were announced.

What will happen if any social media platform fails to accept Guidelines?

As the deadlines ends on 25th May 2021, the rules will come into effect on 26th May 2021 and if any social media platform doesn’t obey the rules then they may lose their status and protections as intermediaries and criminal action might be taken against them as per laws of India- said by a government official.

Number of users in India of some large social media platforms (as of February 2021):

  • 520 million users of WhatsApp
  • 448 million users of YouTube
  • 420 million users of Facebook
  • 210 million users of Instagram
  • 17.5 million users of Twitter

Which social Platform has fulfilled the guidelines?

Indian App Koo (Indian version of Twitter) is the only firm which has accepted and followed the intermediary’s guidelines announced by the MEITy. Koo has 60 lakh users up-till now as citied by the government.

So guys stay tuned for upcoming blog about what action the government takes after knowing every social media companies report.

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