Reportedly, the new IT rules and laws which are set to come in effect from 26th of May, it’s raising concerns for top social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter. So, are the these social media platforms are getting banned?
Although, the new IT rules are set to come in effect, the social media platforms were given a period of 3 month to comply with its rules, while only Facebook has intended to do so, yet.
Actually, the new IT rules demands platforms like Facebook and Twitter to get grievance redressal mechanism in India. More precisely, the new rules are alarming concerns about user’s privacy too.
So, if the question arose that if the mentioned social platforms are being banned in India, obviously the answer is No. Technically, putting a ban on Facebook and Twitter in such a short notice is not possible.
In these cases, either the social platforms will accept the new IT ruled in India, or may challenge it with a writ petition in court.
IT industry is probably not similar to alcohol or tobacco which has a state monopoly, and this simply means that banning the top social platforms can’t happen. Even if the government asks the platforms to stop, a court order can simply nullify the ban until the judgment comes.
As per the new IT rules in India, these new amendments are to pave a way to government surveillance, banning social media contents and make a dent to user’s privacy.
This happens through a number of pre-existing rules which not got got overwritten by new ones. The new rules states that Facebook and Twitter will be held responsible for content that people publish on their platforms. Also, these rules impact your own privacy as well by enabling a track within encrypted services such as what happened in case of Whatsapp.
Under the Rule 5, of the IT rules, actually enables the social messaging platforms like Whatsapp, Signal, etc to track the first originator of a post. And this is started to cut down a lot of fake news circulation, and it’s also a fundamental breach of privacy.