Facebook says they are ready to follow the guidelines set by the Center for Social Media Platforms. Its decision comes as the new IT Act for online platforms is set to take effect on May 26 in the country. However, Facebook said it needed to clarify some issues and decide in consultation with the government.
The deadline for complying with the new guidelines was May 25. In February 2021, the Union IT Ministry directed social media, including WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter, to implement the new law. A period of three months had given for this. But only the Indian version of the microblogging app, Koo, currently works under the new rules.
The crucial days of social media in India are coming. It is estimated that the status of Intermediate will be lost if the new guidelines are not followed. In addition, there are indications that legal action will be taken against social media platforms for non-compliance with laws in India.
It is in this context that Facebook is moving in a positive direction. According to the new direction of the Central Government, an official should be appointed from India on the social media platform.
This person will be responsible for resolving complaints related to posts on social media, checking content, and removing posts if necessary. This applies to OTT platforms as well. As of today, it is not clear what will happen to platforms that do not implement the guidelines.