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Working hard to meet Indian IT rules for social media: Facebook

With the deadline for compliance with new IT rules affecting large social networking sites in India coming to an end on Tuesday, Facebook stated that the organization intends to adhere to the terms of the new intermediary guidelines and is actively working toward compliance.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) had previously warned the social networking site that it must comply with the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 by May 25 or suffer severe consequences.

According to a Facebook spokeswoman, the organization is implementing operating procedures to comply with the latest IT regulations.

“We plan to adhere to the IT rules’ requirements and to begin discussing a couple of the topics that need further engagement with the government,” a business spokeswoman said in a statement.

“We are implementing organizational procedures and enhancing efficiencies in accordance with IT policies. Facebook remains dedicated to users being able to express themselves openly and anonymously on our site “Additionally, the spokesperson said.

Twitter has not yet responded to a request for comment on the May 25 deadline.

On February 25, the MeitY declared the release of its draught new IT (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules for social networking sites.

According to the current guidelines, social networking sites must suspend infringing material within 36 hours of receiving a government mandate or a court order.

The new regulations require intermediaries, including social network intermediaries, to provide a dispute redress process for accepting and addressing user or perpetrator grievances.

Only Koo, a homegrown microblogging website, complies with the latest IT (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules 2021.

Additionally, Koo stated that it has adopted due diligence and grievance redressal process that is backed up by an Indian-based Chief Compliance Officer, Nodal Officer, and Grievance Officer.

“Compliance with the government of India’s latest social media guidelines in a timely manner demonstrates why it is critical for Indian social media players to thrive in the region,” said Aprameya Radhakrishna, Co-Founder, and CEO of Koo.

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Written by Ankur J Kakoti

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