Facebook, Twitter to be blocked in India on May 26?

The government can take action against them as per the law of the land for not following the rules.

Will Indians lose access to including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram tomorrow? Social media giants like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Instagram may face ban in India if they fail to comply with the new intermediary guidelines for social media platforms.

 

The three-month deadline given by the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MEITy) to accept these guidelines ends today, but none of the giants have so far accepted the new regulations.

 

The rules will be effective from tomorrow despite these companies seeking a total six-month delay in their implementation.

 

Homegrown social media platform Koo, which is the Indian version of Twitter, is the only platform that has so far accepted the Centre's intermediary guidelines.

 

If any of these social media platforms fail to accept these guidelines, they risk losing status as social media platforms and protections as intermediaries.

 

The government can also take action against them as per the law of the land for not following the rules, a government official said.

 

Meanwhile, Facebook has indicated that it'll comply with the IT rules. "We aim to comply with the provisions of the IT rules and continue to discuss a few of the issues which need more engagement with the government." "

 

"According to the IT rules, we are working to implement operational processes and improve efficiencies. Facebook remains committed to people's ability to freely and safely express themselves on our platform," an official spokesperson of the company said in a statement.

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