India announces tougher rules for social media

Lahore, 25th February: India has announced tougher rules for social media, including Twitter and Facebook.

Baaghi TV: India has unveiled new rules on Thursday to manage big social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter.

This is the latest effort by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to tighten control over Big Tech firms. The rules come after Twitter ignored orders to drop content on farmers’ protests.

The government said in a news statement that the new measures will require big social media companies to set up a grievance reform mechanism and appoint executives to coordinate with law enforcement.

The government said the guidelines were needed to hold social media and other companies accountable for misuse and abuse.

Ravi Shankar Prasad, the minister for information technology, told reporters in outlining the rules that social media firms should be more responsible and accountable.

The government has said that a detailed version of the guidelines is to be published later and take effect three months after that. However, it did not specify the date.

Facebook said in a statement that it welcomes rules that prescribe ways to address challenges on the web. “The details of rules like these matter and we will carefully study the new rules.”

However, Twitter declined to comment.

The Indian government also said that India’s rules will also require video streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime to classify content into five categories based on users’ age.

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