Central government may question Facebook and Twitter for compliance rate disparity

After Twitter’s decision to take government to court, Center can now ask social media companies why they comply with legal notices India According to a report, less frequently than other developed countries.

In preparation for an intensive exam, Ministry of Electronics and Information technology Submitting a comparative report of actions allegedly taken by “critical social media intermediaries” (SSMIs) voluntarily and in response to formal notices in India and abroad.

according to a economic times According to the report, officials familiar with the matter said that since there are many social media users in India, it is inevitable that the “number of objectionable and actionable content” will be high. However, it pointed out that unlike other countries, the rate of compliance by social media intermediaries is “very low”.

The report also said that the IT ministry may take up the matter in a meeting between the ministry and the social media platform.

Twitter and Facebook

Social media giant Facebook recently released its monthly compliance report In which the company, which is owned by Meta Platforms, said that it “action” on about 17.5 million content in India across 13 different infringement categories during May.

Facebook also took action against many content between May 1 and May 31 this year. It also highlights the details of content disabled or deleted due to proactive monitoring with automated techniques.

Similarly, according to Twitter’s latest compliance report, the microblogging site said it has suspended over 46,000 accounts belonging to Indian users between April 26 and May 25 this year for breaching its rules. The report said that 2,870 accounts were banned for inciting terrorism, while the platform terminated 43,656 accounts for child sexual abuse, non-consensual nudity and related content.

It also said that Twitter has taken legal action against 1,621 Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) for violating rules against hate speech (362), sensitive adult content (154) and online harassment (1,077).

But it was later reported that new troubles arose between the government and Twitter as Twitter sued the Center challenging certain block orders on tweets and accounts.

Twitter claimed in its case that the government had abused its authority by directing it to arbitrarily and disproportionately remove several tweets from its site. The suit was filed in the Karnataka High Court.

Twitter’s plea comes after the IT ministry on June 27 this year gave “one last chance” to comply with all IT Rules 2021 by July 4 or face losing its arbitral status.

However, Union IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnav said that the government will hold social media responsible for its content.

“The accountability of social media has become a legitimate question globally. It is important to hold it accountable, which will start with self-regulation first, then industry regulation, followed by government regulation,” he said.

India IT Rules

Last year, on February 25, India’s new social media rules went into effect in an effort to hold internet companies more accountable and accountable for the information their users are allowed to post on their sites.

The government then gave SSMI three months to comply with the request and said that an adequate social media intermediary would be defined as any social media platform with more than 50 lakh users.

The guidelines require major social media intermediaries such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter to develop ways to track the first originator of posts, tweets and texts within the country.

This means that if any misinformation or fraudulent post goes viral, the government has the right to question the corporation about the originator of the message, and social media sites are bound to share the same information with the government. Huh.

Additionally, these companies also require intermediaries to appoint Indian citizens for compliance roles (a Chief Compliance Officer, a Nodal Liaison Person and a Resident Grievance Officer), develop automated methods to remove pornography and establish mechanisms for responding to complaints.

As per rules, these complaints should be acknowledged within 24 hours of receipt and addressed within 15 days from the date of receipt. The government also clarified that failure to comply with the laws would subject the platform to legal action.

Non-compliance with the new standards will result in the Platform losing its intermediary status, which protects them from liability for any data shared/hosted on their Platform.

However, in terms of compliance, it should be noted that Twitter and Facebook do not fully comply with removal notices from authorities in other countries.

For example, Twitter’s overall compliance rates for legal demands in India, the US as well as the UK in the first six months of 2021 were 11%, 13% and 7%, respectively, according to its Worldwide Transparency Report.

Meanwhile, it is also worth mentioning that Facebook is largely compliant with governments around the world, with compliance rates of 88% in the US and 89% in the UK in the second half of 2021 compared to 64% in India.

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