Intends to IndiaDue to a dispute with Twitter, social platforms are required to quickly delete controversial content and assist with investigations.
Next comes the intermediate guidelines and a planned New Delhi digital media code of ethics – shared Agency Reuters on a copy – as different countries around the world try to assert their control over the powerful big tech companies.
Facebook faced a global backlash from publishers and politicians last week after it blocked news in Australia in a dispute with the government over revenue sharing.
In India, Twitter ignored orders to remove content related to farmers’ protests, fueling the enthusiasm of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government since 2018 to tighten regulations for content it deems misleading or illegal.
The draft rules say: Social platforms should remove content as soon as possible, but no later than 36 hours, after a government or legal order has been issued.
Social platforms must also assist with investigations or other incidents related to cybersecurity within 72 hours of requesting.
Moreover, if the post depicts an individual in any sexual act or behavior, social platforms should disable or remove this content within a day of receiving the complaint.
The proposal also requires social platforms to appoint a Chief Compliance Officer, another executive to coordinate law enforcement and a Grievance Handler, andThe employees must be resident Indian citizens.
It was not clear when the rules would be announced if they would be subject to further changes.
Industry sources say the new regulations could hurt investment plans for India’s big tech companies and add to compliance problems.
The draft proposal said: The rules also apply across digital media, and should A publisher should take into account the multi-ethnic and religious context in India and exercise caution when presenting the activities, beliefs, practices, or views of any ethnic or religious group.
Referring to movies and other entertainment, including web-based series, the draft rules called for labeling describing content and providing advice on recognition.
Streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime have faced complaints in India over obscenity, andPolice questioned an Amazon CEO for nearly four hours over allegations that the Tandav political drama harmed religious sentiments and sparked public outrage.