The deadline to comply with the new legal rules meant for big social media platforms is ending on Tuesday, threatening the operations of the likes of Twitter in India.
The rules were issued by the Centre three months ago.
According to top official reports, social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and others, which were required to abide by the rules notified in the gazette of India on February 25 under Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code Rules, 2021, have failed to comply on many accounts till date.
The government’s rules will come into effect from Wednesday.
“If social media companies do not obey the rules, they may lose their status and protections as intermediaries and may become liable for criminal action as per the existing laws of India,” a news agency quoted an official as saying.
Reports say, barring one Indian social media company, Koo, none of the top social media intermediaries have appointed a resident grievance officer, a chief compliance officer and a nodal contact person yet.
According to reports, failure of social media companies to make these appointments in three months has not gone down well with the government.
In the latest alleged Congress toolkit controversy, Delhi Police visited Twitter India’s local offices in the National Capital Region on Monday after Twitter had marked one of the tweets of BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra as “manipulated media”.