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Facebook Says “Aim To Comply” As New Digital Rules Deadline Ends Today

City Express News

So far, social media giants — Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – have not complied with the new rules, according to government sources.

 New Delhi,May 25, 2021: Facebook today said it aimed to comply with the government’s new rules to regulate content but indicated that it wants to discuss “issues which need more engagement”. Centre’s newrules featuring a code of ethics and a three-tier grievance redressal framework take effect tomorrow.

“We aim to comply with the provisions of the IT rules and continue to discuss a few of the issues which need more engagement with the government,” a Facebook spokesperson said.

“Pursuant to the IT Rules, we are working to implement operational processes and improve efficiencies. Facebook remains committed to people’s ability to freely and safely express themselves on our platform,” added the statement.

So far, social media giants — Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – have not complied with the new rules, according to government sources.

The rules for news sites and OTT platforms were announced in February and sites were given three months to comply. Sources said if the companies fail to follow the rules, they could be blocked or could face criminal action.

“Though they claim the protection of being an intermediary but they exercise their discretion to also modify and adjudicate upon the content through their own norms without any reference to Indian Constitution and laws,” sources said on Monday.

The sites are required to appoint India-based compliance officials, give their name and contact address in India, have a mechanism for complaint resolution and monitoring of objectionable content, submit compliance reports and remove objectionable content.

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