Google, Facebook, WhatsApp share details with government, except Twitter under new digital rules

(ng special ) Twitter has not yet given details of its Chief Compliance Officer to the IT Ministry. However, he has named the lawyer of a law company as the nodal liaison and grievance officer. Under the new rules, this person should be an employee of a social media company, who is working in India.

New Delhi: Google, Facebook and WhatsApp have shared the details with the Ministry of Information Technology under the new digital media rules, but Twitter is not following these new rules yet. Sources gave this information on Friday.

Sources said that Twitter has not yet given the details of the Chief Compliance Officer to the ministry. At the same time, a lawyer working in a law company has been named as the Nodal Liaison and Grievance Officer.

Under the new rules, this person should be an employee of a social media company, who is working in India.

Sources said that most of the big social media forums have shared the details of the Chief Compliance Officer, Nodal Contact Person and Grievance Officer with the IT Ministry.

Sources said that social media intermediary units such as Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, Koo, Sharechat, Telegram and LinkedIn have shared details with the ministry as per the new rules. But Twitter is still not complying with these rules.

After the government took a tough stand on Thursday, Twitter has named its Nodal Liaison Person and Grievance Officer as a lawyer working in a law company in India.

The government had said that Twitter is making baseless allegations to hurt India’s image and is trying to impose its conditions on the world’s largest democracy.

Earlier, Twitter had alleged that Delhi Police is coming to his office and trying to bully him. Both the government and the Delhi Police have strongly objected to this statement.

It is noteworthy that Twitter described many tweets of ruling BJP leaders as ‘manipulated facts’ (manipulated media) on the alleged strategic document (toolkit) of the opposition party to target the government on measures to prevent the Kovid-19 epidemic. . After that the police went to the company’s offices on Monday.

The social media platform said that it is fully committed to India as it is an important market for it. But criticizing the new IT rules and regulation, he said that he was concerned about the potential threat to the freedom of free and open public consultation.

In fact, by tightening the rules for social media and streaming companies, the Center announced the Intermediate Guidelines and Digital Media Code of Conduct for WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Prime Video etc. on February 25.

If these rules are not followed, the social media companies may face legal action.

These guidelines, brought in the name of Information Technology (Intermediate Guidelines) Rules 2021, are the biggest changes in the technology regulatory sector of the country in nearly a decade. It will also replace parts of the Information Technology (Intermediate Guidelines) Rules 2011.

According to the new rules, large social media companies will have to remove illegal content within a specific time frame on the order / notice of any appropriate government agency or court.

These new changes also include ‘Code of Ethics and Procedure and Safeguards in Relation to Digital / Online Media’. These rules will also apply from online news and digital media units to OTT platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime.

A three-tier grievance redressal system with varying levels of self-regulation has also been established under the rules. The first level will have self-regulation for publishers, the second level will be self-regulated by the regulatory bodies of the publishers and the third level will be of the monitoring system.

The rules create a separate category for sexual content where the medium is shown within twenty-four hours in cases where a person’s private parts are shown or shows where there is full or partial nudity, or by manipulating someone’s photo. This objectionable content has to be removed.

Stating that the new rules will end privacy, WhatsApp has challenged them in the Delhi High Court.

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