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Twitter And Facebook May Shutdown After Failing To Comply With Government’s Rules

The deadline is ending on May 26 that will threaten the operations of Facebook and Twitter in India

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Ishita Chakraborty
Ishita Chakraborty
A computer engineer who has a passion for writing, a hodophile, social activist, youth activist for PETA India, and a linguaphile. A journalist covering Social issues & United Nations initiatives for transcontinental times.

INDIA: The Indian government had issued legal rules to social media giants Facebook, Twitter, and others around three months ago. The deadline is ending on May 26 that will threaten the operations of Facebook and Twitter in India. The platforms has been saying that they will await instructions from their company headquarters in the US.

According to the reports, these social media platforms were required to abide by the rules notified in the Gazette of India on February 25. The government’s rules will come into effect from May 26.

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“If social media companies do not obey the rules, they may lose their status and protections as intermediaries and may become liable for criminal action as per the existing laws of India,” official sources said.

On Monday, the Delhi Police Special Cell reached the offices of Twitter India in Delhi’s Lado Sarai and Gurugram to “serve notice” in the alleged Congress ‘Toolkit’ case wherein certain tweets by BJP leaders were flagged as having “manipulated media”.

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Excluding Indian micro-blogging site Koo, officials have said that none of the social media platforms has appointed a resident grievance officer, a chief compliance officer, and a nodal contact person yet. The grievance officer is required to acknowledge the complaint within 24 hours and dispose it of within 15 days.

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According to the reports, the oversight mechanism will include a committee with representatives from Defense Ministry, External Affairs, Home, I&B, Law, IT and Women and Child Development.

Meanwhile, the failure of social media companies to make these changes in the past three months has not gone down well with the Indian government.

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