Will Twitter, Facebook face ban in India? Here’s all you need to know

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Published: May 25,2021 05:56 PM
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The deadline to accept the guidelines set by the government will end on May 25, 2021 but so far none of the platforms has complied with the new regulations.


May 25, 2021: The future of several top social media platforms has come under contention after tech giants owning these platforms had failed to comply with Indian Government’s new social media guidelines which were ruled out in the month of February. Names such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram failed to meet deadlines under the Centre’s new IT rules. 



The deadline to accept the guidelines set by the government will end on May 25, 2021 but so far none of the platforms has complied with the new regulations. 



Meanwhile, the failure to meet deadlines by the tech giants led to several questioning whether there can be an Instagram ban, Facebook or Twitter ban in India.



According to reports, Koo – the Indian version of Twitter – is the only social media platform that has complied with the new guidelines before the deadline. 



Speaking about the same, a Facebook spokesperson 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 our platform.”



According to the new guidelines issued by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the social media platforms will have to appoint compliance officers from India. The appointed officers will overlook the complaints, monitor the content on the platforms and remove it if it objectionable.
 
The guidelines further mention that the committee will have the sole power to take actions on complaints of the violation of codes.



The Ministry notified Information Technology (Guidelines for intermediaries and digital media ethics code) Rules, 2021 on February 25, 2021 for social media intermediaries such as Twitter and Facebook as well as OTT platforms such as Netflix, Hotstar and Amazon.