Facebook, Twitter and YouTube may face criminal action in India, as these companies have not yet followed the norms of the new Intermediate Rules. The new rules were passed by the government in February, although special provisions for “important social media intermediaries” with more than 50 million registered users are due to come into force on Wednesday, May 26. These provisions call for major social media platforms to appoint at least three officers for grievance redressal and also to follow a specific code of conduct, which is criticized for violating the principles of free speech. Has also been done.
People familiar with the matter told NDTV that many large social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, have not yet followed the new intermediary rules. A Facebook spokesperson told Gadgets 360 that the company is currently in talks with the government on some issues.
However, Twitter declined to comment when contacted by Gadgets 360, and was not posted by Google until the news was written.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) jointly introduced Information Technology (Intermediate Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021 on 25 February to ban digital platforms. The rules set a three-month deadline for important social media intermediaries to comply with the special provisions. These intermediaries include Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp and YouTube. This deadline is closing today i.e. on Tuesday.
These special provisions have been placed under the Information Technology Act, 2000. Accordingly, the social media platform has to be appointed as Chief Compliance Officer, Nodal Contact Person and Residence Greaves Officer. Together these three will redress the grievances. Of these, CCO will have to work under the IT Act, 2000 and Intermediate Rules. The Nodal Officer will have to work closely with the law enforcement agencies and the Grievance Officer will have to take note of the 24-hour fast complaint and respond to them within 15 days. It is mandatory for these three officers to be of Indian origin.