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New guidelines for social media platforms after Govt-Twitter controversy: Report

The proposed legislations are likely to hit the investment plans of Big Tech firms as well as lead to an increased compliance burden

February 25, 2021 / 12:35 PM IST
Amid the ongoing coronavirus global outbreak people are stuck at home and have been spending more of their lives online. According to the Global Web Index report, surveying around 6,76,000 internet users aged 16-64 across 46 markets, global internet users spent around 2 hours on an average on social media per day. In many of the markets that Global Web Index surveyed, social media use has shrunk in Q1 2020 when compared with 2019 and 2018. Emerging markets continue to spend the most time on social networks. In Japan, people spend only three quarters of an hour staying connected on social networks during a typical day while in Philippines people spend the most time engaging with social media, almost four hour a day. Let’s take a look at the top countries where people devote most time on digital social sphere. (Image: Flickr)

Amid the ongoing coronavirus global outbreak people are stuck at home and have been spending more of their lives online. According to the Global Web Index report, surveying around 6,76,000 internet users aged 16-64 across 46 markets, global internet users spent around 2 hours on an average on social media per day. In many of the markets that Global Web Index surveyed, social media use has shrunk in Q1 2020 when compared with 2019 and 2018. Emerging markets continue to spend the most time on social networks. In Japan, people spend only three quarters of an hour staying connected on social networks during a typical day while in Philippines people spend the most time engaging with social media, almost four hour a day. Let’s take a look at the top countries where people devote most time on digital social sphere. (Image: Flickr)

The empire strikes back. Just when Koo, the Indian alternative of Twitter is gaining popularity and the controversy between the Centre and the microblogging and social networking service appears to be fizzling out, the government is all set to roll out new rules and guidelines for the social media.

The Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) will be announcing the new requirements, titled `Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code’, a copy of which was seen by Reuters.

It comes as various nations around the world try to assert tighter control over Big Tech firms.

Reuters, quoting the draft rules, reported that social media companies must remove the content as early as possible, which must not be later than 36 hours after a legal or government order.

They must also assist in investigations or other cybersecurity-related incidents within 72 hours of a request. Further, if a post depicts an individual in any sexual act or conduct, then companies must disable or remove such content within a day of receiving the complaint, the rules added.

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The draft proposals have also stated that the companies must appoint a Chief Compliance Officer, an executive for coordinating on law enforcement and a Grievance Redressal Officer, all of whom must be resident Indian citizens.

The proposed rules come when Twitter received a notice from the Centre after it restored over 200 handles/accounts, which they had suspended after the NDA government had mandated that 1,000 accounts be removed for fuelling misinformation, which posed a threat to national security because of farmer protests over agricultural laws.

Although complying with the order initially, Twitter immediately lifted the suspension citing freedom of expression.

Industry sources said that the proposed legislation is likely to hit the investment plans of Big Tech firms and will also lead to increased compliance burden, Reuters reported.

``A publisher shall take into consideration India’s multi-racial and multi-religious context and exercise due caution and discretion when featuring the activities, beliefs, practices and views of any religious group,” the draft rules stated.

They further require the films, web series and other entertainment content on over-the-top (OTT) platforms to issue a `classification rating’ to describe content and advice discretion.

The proposed rules for the streaming platforms come as Amazon Prime Video and Netflix have in the past faced complaints for hurting religious sentiments and showing obscenity.

Amazon executives were earlier questioned by the Uttar Pradesh police over the political drama, Tandav, which had caused widespread public anger for disrespecting Hindu deities.



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