The central government is amending the IT rules to make social media companies legally accountable for blocking restricted and misinformation content. The government has made it clear that platforms such as Facebook and Twitter operating in the country will have to comply with the laws of the country as well as take care of the constitutional authorities of the users.
The new rules provide for the creation of an appellate committee, which can overrule the decisions of big tech companies on requests to remove or block content. Social media companies have been accused of being negligent about content or not resolving complaints quickly. IT State Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar said that with the changes in IT rules, complaints regarding content on social media companies will be resolved soon. He said that due to the careless attitude of social media platforms regarding such complaints, these Rules It was necessary to change. He said that such an attitude cannot be accepted.
Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, one of the largest electric car companies, last week completed a deal to buy Twitter for about $ 44 billion. This has made Musk the owner of one of the most influential social media apps in the world. In India, Twitter has been in dispute with the central government on many issues.
Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi has expressed hope of curbing hate speech after changing the owner of Twitter. After Rahul shared a picture of a rape victim, he Twitter The handle was blocked and he also received a notice from the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR). After this he did not use his Twitter handle for a few days. Rahul said that he hoped that the voice of the opposition on Twitter will not be suppressed and facts will be checked in a better way. He also shared a graph of the ‘mistake’ of his Twitter handle. It is seen that between August last year and February this year, the number of his new followers has decreased. He has claimed that he has made 20 appeals to Twitter regarding this. However, Twitter has denied any wrongdoing. The graph also shows that the number of new followers of Rahul’s Twitter account was increasing since January last year and it has increased again since February this year.
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