Facebook, Twitter, Instagram Banned in India: What You Need To Know
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram BAN in India, social media platforms, criminal action can also be taken as per existing laws of India, new Information Technology rules,
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram BANNED in India
Criminal action can be taken in case of violation of Information Technology rules in India.The social media sites like Facebook, Instagram and Telegram have been banned by the Supreme Court of India in the last few months in the wake of Supreme Court order on Jammu and Kashmir LoC strike, incidents of mob lynching and the misuse of Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. Internet sites were banned for a period of three months for being used to spread rumours and incitement to violence.The apex court was hearing a PIL filed by a lawyer Mahesh Bora. In the meantime, the BJP has also supported the ban on these sites in India and there have been protests from various groups in the country for their stand on the issue. Also Read: UPA Government Wins The Internet.gov.in Bid, What’s Your Take On It?
Why was this done?
The Indian government has banned certain social media platforms, like Facebook, for a period of three months under the IT rules, a new Information Technology rules. Why these platforms were banned? A government statement says that it will allow free speech, but the platform, which attempts to disrupt peace and harmony will be immediately banned. Other platforms like WhatsApp are also banned in India. They had been used for spreading communal hatred. As per government sources, this ban could be extended, if required. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has been upset with some NGOs and some Facebook users in the country and has been taking stern action to curb the spread of fake news on these social media platforms. How has Facebook responded?
When will this ban be lifted?
Meanwhile, many people are seeking answers on why the social media platforms were blocked in India, where is the order from the government of India, and many other queries that are coming from different parts of the country. However, there is no official statement from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, it was earlier reported that the ban was not only restricted to the mentioned online companies but also mobile apps. It has also been reported that the government officials also take into consideration the possibility of extremism. In today’s time, these social media platforms are working like a virtual township. Therefore, even if the ban is imposed for a specific period of time, people will lose their jobs and will not be able to use their cellphones.
What are the implications of this law?
Banning is a drastic step, but it’s a last resort, the government wants citizens to curb cybercrime, online harassment and fake news. You can complain to the Cyber Crime Cell or reach out to the National Cyber and Information Security Organisation (NCCSIO). The cyber law, which came into effect on December 1, 2018 has come under some public scrutiny. A number of Twitter and Facebook accounts have been shut down after the government ordered them to be down. There have been many complaints against fake news, cybercrime, trolling, “hate speech”, and more. The government says that the rules would be up for review. It’s a brave step, but this law and its implementation might force many internet users to regroup. What are the penalties?
What should you do if you are a digital marketer?
Moderator: Thanks Madhavi. After watching the recent cases where social media giants have lost their social media accounts, we have given you the real story to the violation of privacy that happens with the social media users in India. We have highlighted some of the features of India’s Information Technology rules that can actually affect the time frame of social media executives if they are found to be violating the rules. This real-life video will share the laws and penalties for violating the Indian ICT rules. Our guest is Binaifer Jehani, ICT lawyer, currently working with the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission.
What are the social media rules in India?
The rules set by the Ministry of Electronics & IT which has relaxed certain norms and brought in the concept of minimal data storage for social media platforms are reportedly coming into force in India by December. However, the government said that it will review the suggestions before making the final regulation. According to a Reuters report, the I&T Ministry, IT ministry official, Vijay Kumar confirmed the news and said that there will be a few more rounds of consultations before the rules come into force in India. The official also said that the I&T Ministry, also plans to put in place a “special portal to enable users to appeal against an adverse order.
How will this affect my social media?
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram accounts, a game should have 24 hours to remove objectionable content but currently it takes seven days. New timeline has been given. If you think that such an offence should be taken seriously, please send an email with your comments and recommendations. The best suggestions will be published in the next issue.
Viewing the impact that the media has had to face due to the failure of its own networks and policies, Facebook, and other social media networks have temporarily banned the access of Indian users. A statement from the company reads, “Starting today, we are temporarily limiting some accounts while we investigate reports that they were misused. These accounts appear to have engaged with third party apps and Facebook posts that have been reported by people. The people who reported these accounts to us made it clear that they didn’t think they had done anything wrong.” Well, this situation could have been avoid had the social media platforms been more transparent in regard to how their algorithms work and, thus, users’ safety.