Calling for accountability of large social media corporations, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday mentioned Twitter invoked a United States copyright act to block his account but it surely also needs to be cognisant of the legislation in India the place it’s working and incomes cash.
IMAGE: Union Minister for Law and Justice, Communications and Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad. Photograph: ANI Photo
Speaking on the India Global Forum, the minister mentioned Twitter final week blocked his account for an hour on a criticism made 4 years in the past below the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of the US.
“If you are going to invoke the… digital copyright act of America then you have to additionally be cognisant of the copyright guidelines of India. That is the purpose.
“You can’t say my complete stand will be regulated by an ex-parte evaluation of the US legislation. For a contented mixing of the position of large tech and democracy, an answer has to be discovered,” Prasad mentioned.
He mentioned social media corporations are free to do enterprise in India however they’ve to be accountable to the Indian Constitution and laws.
Micro-blogging platform Twitter has been at loggerheads with the federal government over varied points, together with through the farmers’ protest in January and later when it tagged political posts of a number of leaders of the ruling get together BJP as “manipulated media”, drawing a pointy rebuke from the Centre.
Twitter has nonetheless not complied with the brand new IT guidelines for social media corporations. The guidelines mandate social media corporations to set up a grievance redressal mechanism for resolving complaints from the customers or victims.
All important social media corporations, with over 50 lakh person base, could have to appoint a chief compliance officer, a nodal contact particular person and a grievance officer. All of them have to be resident in India.
Prasad additional mentioned the difficulty of social media in India is round abuse of the rights of victims on these platforms and the businesses’ accountability.
“If democracy has to survive misinformation, faux information, colluded materials…all these are challenges. I’m not in favour of censoring however democracies have to discover a frequent floor so far as these points are involved in order that these large tech corporations do their enterprise, earn good cash, good revenue however turn into accountable. This can solely occur if you comply with legislation of the land,” Prasad mentioned.