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New IT rules: Social media platforms must remove content within 36 hours of govt order

Govt issues new rules for social media platforms and digital media companies.

February 25, 2021 / 01:17 PM IST

Social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter must remove content as early as possible, but not later than 36 hours, after a government or legal order, according to new Information Technology rules released on February 25.

These companies must also provide inform and help with investigations within 72 hours of a request from authorities, said the Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, a copy of which Moneycontrol reviewed.

Platforms must remove content that depicts an individual in a sexual act or conduct, or in full or partial nudity, within 24 hours of receiving a complaint.

With the new rules, India joins other various nations that are looking to regulate Big Tech firms. In India, Twitter recently only partially complied with government orders to remove tweets over protests by farmers over the new agri laws.