Those who hide in the media like Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and YouTube will soon be exposed. Social media companies will be forced to disclose their information to consumers under a law passed by the central government later this month.
The government is trying to hold companies accountable for the content being circulated through social media. In December 2018, the government issued its guidelines. He also sought public opinion on the same. But the Internet and Mobile Association of India, a group of Internet companies, responded that this would be a violation of the privacy rights recognized by the Supreme Court.
However, the new rules are set to be finalized later this month without significant changes to the earlier guidelines. The ministry is expected to publish it. All social media with more than 50 million users will be liable to comply with the law. Facebook, Youtube, Tiktok and WhatsApp.
The 2018 draft requires that the source of content be found within 72 hours if the government requests it. It also requires that records of content be kept for at least 180 days to assist government investigators. There are also proposals to appoint an officer to resolve the grievances of customers and to appoint a special officer for transactions with the government.
In India, with a population of 130 million, 50 million people use the Internet. Among them are those who use social media without disclosing their personal details. WhatsApp, which employs 40 million people, has refused to give government information in the name of privacy. Instead, it promised to fund research to stop the spread of fake news and to educate the public.