New Delhi (SunstarTV Bureau): The Central government has announced new guidelines/rules to curb the misuse of social media platform, on Thursday.
As per the initiatives, the government has mandated firms to appoint grievance officer disclose the first originator of the mischievous information and remove, within 24 hours, content depicting nudity or morphed pictures of women.
“Social media platforms upon being asked either by a court order or a govt authority will be required to disclose the first originator of mischievous tweet or message as the case may be,” said Union Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
“This should be only in relation to sovereignty & integrity of India, the security of the state, public order, relations with foreign states, or rape, sexually explicit content etc,” said Prasad.
Concerns have been raised about rampant abuse of social media platforms and spread of fake news and the government is bringing in a “soft touch” regulation, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said while announcing the new guidelines.
As per the new rules, social media intermediaries have to appoint grievance officer, who shall register complaints in 24 hours. The grievance redressal official must be resident in India, and monthly compliance reports will have to be filed by social media platforms.
Social media platforms on being asked by court or government will be required to disclose the first originator of the mischievous information.