New Delhi: Will social media companies like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram stop working in India after two days? This question is currently under discussion. In fact, on February 25 this year, the Government of India, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) had given all social media companies three months to comply with the regulations.

Companies were asked to provide their official and contact number in India, appoint a grievance redressal officer, resolve grievances, monitor objectionable material and remove it.

In fact, people on social media do not know who to complain to and where their grievances will be resolved. Some companies have asked for six months, while others say they are awaiting instructions from their headquarters in the United States. Interestingly, these companies are operating in India, making a profit here but waiting for the green light from their headquarters for instructions. Companies like Twitter have their own fact checkers, which neither reveal their identities nor the manner in which the facts are being checked.

Under Section 79 of the IT Act, they are exempt from liability as intermediaries, but many of them are taking decisions on matters that do not comply with the Indian Constitution and laws. The new regulations are set to take effect on May 26, 2021. If these companies do not comply with these regulations, their intermediate status may be terminated and they may be subject to criminal proceedings under the existing laws of India.

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