On 25th February 2021, the Department of Information Technology was introduced stronger policies for the biggest social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook & Whatsapp, etc. The Indian Government asked the social media companies to remove any content which is flagged by the Authorities and to appoint an officer in the country to set up a complaint redressal mechanism.
As it was not an easy task to perform, the Indian Goverment gave three months to the social media companies to comply with the new policies. The new policies will be in effect from the 26th May 2021 onwards and the social media platforms have not complied with them yet. Since about 390 Million people are using these social media platforms in India. They also added payments in their biggest market in India. So, these companies are not in a mood to shut down in India.
Most companies like Facebook have asked for at least 6 months times. So far non of the giants have so far accepted the rules and regulations. Noncompliance with the new rules would result in these social media platforms losing the intermediary status that provides them exemption and specified immunity from liabilities from any third-party information and data hosted by them. In other words, they could be liable for action.
According to their spokespersons of Facebook & Whatsapp said the companies have consistently invested in significant product changes, resources, and personnel to ensure that they are combating illegal content in an effective and fair way and to comply with local laws in the jurisdictions it operates in. They also said that they realize that their work in keeping their platforms secure is never done and they will continue to refine their existing approaches and evolve their policies and be as transparent as possible about how they make decisions. Also, they are working to implement operational processes and aim to comply with the provisions of the IT Rules. The Photo sharing Platform Instagram said it continues to discuss a few of the issues which need more engagement with the Government of India. In the case of Twitter, the Delhi High Court recently said that Twitter has to comply with the Indian IT Rules 2021. So, as per the Indian Government's stands Instagram, Facebook, and Whatsapp forced to comply with the IT Rule 2021 and they will not like to lose the huge world population of Indian customers and there is no possibility of a shutdown in the near future in India.