Ministry may notify guidelines before the next hearing of the case in the top court which is expected in the last week of Jan, say sources. The apex court is hearing all petitions filed in various HCs with respect to the legal obligations of social media platforms & how they should provide info of users posting & transmitting ‘harmful’ content.
The panel, formed in December, has so far met with representatives of Facebook, TikTok, Twitter, Google and ShareChat. Last week, the panel members asked Twitter about its policy allowing pornography on its platform, according to two sources.
ShareChat said India needs a framework to protect children under the age of 18 online, like the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act in the US. It, however, made clear that it was against the proposed rule to proactively monitor content. Share-Chat’s demand flies in the face of concerns expressed by industry group Internet and Mobile Association of India.
TikTok said in a blog post on Wednesday that the changes offer clarity around how it defines harmful or unsafe content not permitted on the platform.
While micro-blogging platform Twitter banned political advertising in October, Google curbed ways in which political parties can micro target their campaigns in November. Chinese ByteDance-owned short-video platform TikTok does not allow political advertising at all.
Of the total messages sent, more than 12 billion were picture wishes.
TikTok, a popular short video platform, said India sent 107 total requests for user information in the first half 2019. Out of these 99 were legal requests and 8 were emergency requests. A total of 143 user accounts were mentioned in these requests. TikTok said it complied with 47% of these requests from India.
The social media giant said Facebook Watch has a wide range of shows to offer which appeal to a diverse Indian audience. The company added that users have virtually connected around videos through interactive features such as comments, shares, reactions, polls, Groups, messages and Watch Parties on Facebook Watch.
Ask Delhi Police to halt use of facial recognition tech to identify demonstrators, point to unlawful use of drones. The officer, however, insisted the force was “not violating privacy”. India is among the world’s top three surveillance states, according to a recent study released by UK-based firm.
The letter – ‘TechAgainstFascism’ on online publishing platform Medium – comes at a time when hundreds of thousands of Indians across the country and overseas have protested against what they fear are policies that could render many Muslims stateless. Thousands have been detained by the police for protests across India.
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