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FB, Google working on complying with social media
rules as deadline looms
Large digital platforms Facebook and Google on Tuesday asserted they are working towards meeting the
With just hours to go before the new IT rules for social media companies take effect, large digital platforms
Facebook and Google on Tuesday asserted they are working towards meeting the compliance requirements.
The new rules, announced on February 25, require large social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram,
and WhatsApp to follow additional due diligence, including the appointment of a chief compliance officer, nodal
contact person, and resident grievance officer.
'Significant social media intermediaries' -- defined as those with over 50 lakh registered users -- were given three
months to comply with the additional requirements.
Non-compliance with rules would result in these social media companies losing the intermediary status that
provides them exemptions and specified immunity from liabilities for any third-party information and data hosted by
them. In other words, they could be liable for action.
A Google spokesperson said the company has consistently invested in significant product changes, resources,
and personnel to ensure that it is combating illegal content in an effective and fair way, and to comply with local
laws in the jurisdictions it operates in.
"We realize that our work in keeping our platforms secure is never done and we will continue to refine our existing
approaches, and evolve our policies and be as transparent as possible about how we make decisions, the