Govt mulling fines for social media firms under IT rules; to issue SOPs for compliance

The Indian government is considering amendments to the new social media rules to add in fines for non-compliance instead of convicting employees for their first transgression itself at social media companies who are supposed to ensure compliance with the rules, according to two senior government officials.

In India the social media rules, which came in effect on May 26, currently say that a social media company’s senior-most executive relevant to the issue-the chief compliance officer-could be held liable under any proceedings in case of non-compliance.

On one hand,it has been a contentious issue for social media companies who see prosecution of a senior employee of the company as a harsh punishment given these companies do not control the content posted on their platforms.


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