Swift work underway to hold social media platforms accountable, says Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw

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Ashwini Vaishnaw

Social media liability has become a legitimate issue globally, and multiple steps are being taken in this direction, said Union Minister for Railways, Communications and Electronics and Technology. information, Ashwini Vaishnaw.

“Holding it accountable is vital and that will start with self-regulation first, then industry regulation, and finally government regulation,” he said.

“The mindset that social media should be held accountable is strong both in India and globally,” Vaishnaw said. Vaishnaw added: “Globally, the issue of social media accountability has gained validity. Social media platforms must be accountable for their actions. Quick work is underway to hold him accountable.

Further, Vaishnav also pointed out that every company must abide by Indian laws if they operate in India, regardless of the sector they belong to. “It is everyone’s duty to uphold the legislation enacted by Parliament,” he said.

According to Live Law, Twitter has challenged some Indian government demands to remove content on its platform, moving the Karnataka High Court and asking it to overturn them.

The microblogging platform claims that content removal orders issued by the IT Department fail “the grounds test under Section 69A of the IT Act” and claim they are ” an abuse of power by officials,” according to reports.

Over the past year, Twitter has received several notices from Indian authorities to take action against accounts that support the Khalistan movement, posts that allegedly spread misinformation about the farmers’ protests, and tweets that criticize the government’s response. government to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Reuters.

However, according to government sources, there are still a number of orders against which Twitter appeared non-compliant even after the microblogging platform was granted the July 4 deadline to comply.

Twitter had already received a notice from the government warning it risked losing its status as an intermediary, and that it would be held directly responsible for anything posted on the platform if it failed to comply with the orders of the government.

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