New IT Rules For Social Media: Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp: From tomorrow, news is circulating on social media that social media like Facebook and Twitter and messenger services like WhatsApp will have to be discontinued in the country. The news comes as the deadline for social media to comply with the central government’s new IT rules has expired.
The deadline for the government to approve new IT rules-2021 for social media like Facebook and Twitter and messenger services like WhatsApp ended today. Institutions including Facebook and Twitter have not yet ratified these rules. But Facebook has said in a statement that it plans to comply with all laws soon.
“We aim to comply with the provisions of the IT Rules and discuss some issues that require further communication with the government. We work to implement operational processes and improve efficiency in accordance with IT rules. Facebook is committed to ensuring that people are able to express themselves freely and safely on our platform, ”a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement to the Indian Express.
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If companies fail to comply with the new rules, they will lose the protection afforded to them under Section 79 of the Information Technology Act. Section 79 protects social media companies from legal prosecution of content posted on their platforms.
The new rules were announced in the Government Gazette on February 25. These rules impose a number of restrictions on social media companies such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp.
The new rules require social media platforms to collaborate with authorities to find the ‘original’ author of a message, or tweet or post. Such rules pose a major challenge for encrypted platforms such as WhatsApp. It is not clear how WhatsApp or its parent company Facebook plans to comply.