DRAFT RULES TO REGULATE SOCIAL MEDIA
22, Sep 2019
Prelims level : Governance- Policies Mains level : GS-II- Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and Implementation.
Why in News?
- The Centre has informed the Madras High Court that deliberations on the Draft Information Technology [Intermediaries Guidelines (Amendment)] Rules, 2018, has been completed.
- The Government had sought to make it mandatory for platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter to trace originator of unlawful information.
- It had also sought to make it mandatory to remove such content within 24 hours after being notified.
- Initially, Advocate Antony Clement Rubin had approached the Court to obtain an order for linking Aadhaar with social media accounts.
- However, the HC made it clear that it was not in favour of such a plea.
- Instead, the HC expanded the scope of the case & suo motu impleaded Facebook, Google, YouTube, Twitter, WhatsApp as parties to the case.
- This ensured that they could be made to cooperate with the local police in cracking cybercrimes by sharing necessary information
- The guidelines mandate social media companies to cooperate with the police in cracking cybercrimes.
- The Bench led by Justice Sathyanarayanan, told senior counsel, representing WhatsApp, that the social media giants were bound to obey local laws of the country in which they operate & share requisite information with the police.
- It said, the companies could not take umbrage under the right to privacy.