Intermediary Rules For Social Media
With the policy in place, social media platforms operating in India will have to reveal the identity of the users the government has asked for. With this, the Indian government wants to ensure that they are able to track down the source of fake news, misinformation and other objectionable content.
In September 2019, the mind behind the policy Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) also suggested that social media sites should remove any “illegal” content within 24 hours. Besides this, the platforms will have to provide information regarding the origin of the messages or posts within 72 hours.
With policies like these, the Indian government is looking to intervene in the day-to-day functioning of social media platforms and make it “safer” for the users. The government has also defined “unlawful content” to make social media guidelines more concrete.