Under the new rule, social media companies will be obliged to inform their users about the compliance of the rule from time to time.
There is a readiness to amend the IT Act rules regarding illegal content on social media platforms. Under the new rule, these companies will have to remove illegal posts within 36 hours of getting orders from the government or the court.
- Last Updated:February 19, 2021, 9:11 AM IS
Under the Information Technology Intermediaries Guidelines Rules, 2011, the government wants social media companies to be more responsible for removing illegal content from their platforms. Section 79 of the IT Act provides for such intermediaries.
These amendments will be implemented after being notified. After this, if a social media company gets an order from the court or the government, then they will have to remove the post from their platform within 36 hours. The Times of India has given this information by quoting government sources in one of its reports.
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Government can ask for information about the source of non-consular content
In this report, quoting sources, it has also been said that the government can also ask for information about the source of such illegal content from these companies so that action can be taken against such criminals. Currently, companies like WhatsApp have consistently refused to give such information. These companies say that the communications on their platforms are end-to-end in-crypt, so they cannot find out the source of the illegal content.
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Such rules are already applicable in many countries
Those aware of such a law say that even at the international level, there is a provision to remove illegal content within 36 hours. In many Western countries such rules are already in force. Intermediary guidelines under section 79 of the IT Act are being revised at a time when there is a concern within the government about increasing illegal content on social media platforms.