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Are Twitter and Facebook going to be banned in India? Here’s everything you need to know.

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According to multiple news reports, social media behemoths like Facebook and Twitter may face a ban in India if they do not comply with the new intermediary guidelines for social media platforms.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology had given the organizations a three-month deadline to accept the guidelines by May 25, but none have done so yet, with the exception of Koo, India’s version of Twitter.

Despite these companies’ requests for a six-month delay in implementation, the rules will take effect on May 26.

Will Facebook and Twitter, on the other hand, be truly prohibited in the country if they do not follow the new rules?

According to multiple news reports, social media behemoths like Facebook and Twitter may face a ban in India if they do not comply with the new intermediary guidelines for social media platforms.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology had given the organizations a three-month deadline to accept the guidelines by May 25, but none have done so yet, with the exception of Koo, India’s version of Twitter.

Despite these companies’ requests for a six-month delay in implementation, the rules will take effect on May 26.

Will Facebook and Twitter, on the other hand, be truly prohibited in the country if they do not follow the new rules?

Guidelines that the Centre is requesting to avoid Ban?

On February 25, the government announced new regulations for social media companies, requiring them to remove any content flagged by authorities within 36 hours and establishing a robust complaint redress system with a local officer.

The government set a threshold of 50 lakh registered users for defining a “significant social media intermediary,” implying that major players such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google would be subject to additional regulations.

When it first announced the guidelines in February, it stated that the new rules would take effect immediately, but that significant social media providers (based on the number of users) would have three months to comply.

The three-month deadline meant that compliance had to be met by May 25.

Significant social media companies will also be required to publish a monthly compliance report that includes information on complaints received and actions taken, as well as information on content that was proactively removed. They’ll also have to publish a physical contact address in India on their website, mobile app, or both.

The new rules were enacted to make social media platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, and Instagram, which have seen massive growth in India in recent years, more accountable and responsible for the content they host.

Within 24 hours of receiving a complaint, social media companies will be required to remove posts depicting nudity or morphed photos.

Notably, the rules require significant social media intermediaries – who primarily provide messaging services – to allow for the identification of the “first originator” of information that threatens India’s sovereignty, security, or public order.

However, the intermediary will not be required to reveal the contents of any messages. This could have far-reaching consequences for companies like Twitter and WhatsApp.

Users who voluntarily want to verify their accounts should be given an appropriate mechanism to do so, as well as a visible mark of verification, according to the rules.

When a major social media intermediary removes content on its own, users will need to be notified and given an explanation. In such cases, users must be given an adequate and reasonable opportunity to challenge the intermediary’s actions.

Manishhttp://technspiceblog.com
Am a Tech Enthusiastic fond of new gadgets. Running the YouTube Channel Tech N Spice. Also managing the backend process of this website.

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