India: Tug Of War Between BJP Govt And Social Media Platforms

Facebook and Google India officials presented before the parliamentary standing committee on information technology on the issue of misuse of social media platforms.

Officials from both social media platforms were summoned by the parliamentary panel chaired by Shashi Tharoor. 

Facebook India’s country public policy director and general counsel presented before the panel. The parliamentary committee was hearing the views of the companies. The issue was safeguarding the rights of the citizens. And how to stop misuse of social media platforms.

The panel asked the company to comply with the new IT rules. And follow the country’s laws.

The panel also asked the internet giants to put in place stringent data privacy and security safeguards besides complying with India’s new IT rules.

 The committee also directed both facebook and google to follow the instructions issued by the government as well as court orders.

Earlier Facebook representatives had informed the panel that their company policy does not allow their officials to attend in-person meetings on account of COVID-19 protocol. But they were told that officials will have to appear in person in its next sitting on the 6th of july.

Representatives of the IT ministry

Representatives of the IT ministry will submit evidence related to the subject before the committee. The panel will also summon representatives of YouTube and other social media platforms in the coming weeks over the issue.

Facebook and Google representatives were called just days after Twitter officials appeared before the panel.

And in that meeting members of the panel had told Twitter. That the rule of land is supreme not the social media platform’s policies.

The Indian government and Twitter have been at loggerheads over several issues for the last few months.

Twitter Officials Resignation

Recently the resignation of.Twitter’s interim president grievance officer for India came. After information technology minister ravi shankar prasad’s twitter account was deactivated for almost an hour. Recently over complaints that he violated copyright law.

The minister linked the action to the platform’s clash with the government.

Twitter is already under pressure to comply with the new norms. And has faced severe criticism from the government along with warnings of legal proceedings.

Stats Of Social Media Users In India

India is among the largest markets for social networking and technology companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google. According to government data facebook owned whatsapp has 530 million users in India. Followed by facebook which has 410 million users. And then Instagram which has 210 million users.

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