Social media platforms to remove illegal posts in 36 hours, government prepares

Under the new rule, social media companies will be obliged to inform their users about the compliance of the rule from time to time.

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.

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  • Last Updated:February 19, 2021, 9:11 AM IS

New Delhi. Very soon social media companies will have to remove ‘illegal’ posts from their platforms within 36 hours at the request of the government or the court. Earlier this deadline was 72 hours. Apart from this, these social media companies can be made more responsive to the requests of citizens / users. For this, information technology rules (IT rules) will be changed. Under this rule, intermediaries like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Google are governed. Under the new rule, a company with more than 50 lakh users can be made mandatory to open its office in India too. Also, these companies will have to appoint a nodal officer so that law enforcement agencies can contact them if needed.

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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The new rules will replace the rules implemented in 2011. Along with this, these companies will be obliged to inform their users about the compliance of the rules from time to time. These companies will also ask their users to agree on a privacy policy. There will also be a provision in the revised rule that these companies deploy some automated tools that can quickly remove illegal information or content or reduce their access to people.

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.



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