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India plans new social media controls

February 25, 2021

India plans new social media controls
India plans to compel social media organizations to erase disputable content fast and assist investigations, according to a draft regulation. 
 
New Delhi Intermediary rules and Digital Media Ethics Code, come as various countries across the globe try to assert tighter control over powerful Big tech firms. The latest guidelines which would be legally enforceable say social media companies will have to remove objectionable content as early as possible after a legal order. Social media companies should also assist in investigations within 72 hours of the request. 
The draft proposal also requires organizations to appoint a chief compliance officer, another executive for coordinating on law enforcement, and a “grievance redressal officer”. 
 
Industry sources say new rules could hit big tech companies’ investment plans in India and increase compliance problems. The new guidelines would also apply across other digital and online media, the draft proposal said. 

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