Social media sites Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and WhatsApp Messenger could face bans for non-compliance with new information technology laws in India starting today (May 26).
According to the Hindustan Times, no social media app except India’s local micro-blogging app ‘Bering Ko’ has complied with the new rules.
In February this year, the Indian government asked Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and WhatsApp Messenger to follow the new IT rules.
The report claims that Facebook said yesterday that it intends to comply with the new rules and is working to implement the operational process.
India’s new laws require social media platforms to take additional steps and appoint a Chief Compliance Officer, Nodal Contact Person, and Resident Greens Officer.
In this regard, officials of the Indian Ministry of Information Technology told the Press Trust of India that social media companies need a system for public complaints and requests in this regard, so they have to comply with the new rules.
If Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and WhatsApp Messenger do not follow these rules, these social media companies may lose their current status in India.
Due to their arbitration status, these social media companies are exempt from liability for any third-party information and data on their platforms.
In India, there are 410 million Facebook users, 17.5 million Twitter users, 210 million Instagram users, and 53 million WhatsApp users who have not yet complied with these rules.