Social Media Giants and OTT platforms might face ban in India in the next 24 hours? – What you need to know.
Social media Giants such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube might face ban for not complying with the intermediary guidelines outlined by the Indian Government from May 26,2021. In case of failing to do so, the corporates will cease to function and legal issues will be faced. A period of three months was given to comply with the rules which is ending on May 25,2021.
Facebook has indicated that it will comply with the rules. An official spokesperson of the company stated “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. According 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.”
The rules state that a Chief Compliance Officer is to be appointed including a Nodal officer and a Resident Grievance officer to conduct due diligence in order to make the companies more accountable for the activities carried out in the platforms. The guidelines also include a committee with representatives from Ministries of Defence, External Affairs, Home, Information and Broadcasting, Law, IT and Women & Child Development.
The social media companies will also have to publish a monthly compliance report of complaints received and their proactive measures to resolve the received complaints. A physical contact address in India is to be published on their websites or mobile apps, or both, as per the new guidelines.
Koo, Social Media service and microblogging app, is said to have complied with the guidelines much ahead of the informed date of May 25, 2021.
The OTT platforms are also to follow the above said rules. Reportedly, the social media companies have requested for 6-month deadline since they are awaiting further instructions from their US headquarters.