On a dispute with Twitter, India plans to force social media companies to erase controversial content. This should be fast and assist investigations as per the new draft regulations.
New Delhi’s “Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code” are out. This is because many nations around the world try to have control on powerful Big Tech firms.
Last week, Facebook faced a global hit from publishers and politicians. It was after blocking news feeds in Australia in an issue with the government on sharing of revenue.
Also, In India, Twitter let go the orders to remove content over farmers’ protests.
As per the latest draft rules, companies should remove the content as early as possible. It should not be later later than 36 hours, after a government or legal order.
Moreover, they should assist in searches or other cyber issues within 72 hours of a request. Also, if any post shows an individual in any sexual act, then companies must remove such content. It should be done within a day of getting a complaint.
Twitter did not take down all accounts the government told were lies about the protests .
Moreover, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology did not respond to a request for comment. As per industry sources, rules hit Big Tech firms’ investment plans and increase headaches. Also, the rules will apply to other digital and online media.
The draft rules said,
“A publisher shall take into consideration India’s multi-racial and religious context and exercise due caution and discretion when featuring the activities, beliefs, practices, or views of any racial or religious group,”
Also, the draft rules called for a “classification rating”. This is to describe the content.
Moreover, platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime have issues in India for obscene content.
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