Saturday, March 2, 2024

Topic: Social Media

WhatsApp sues Indian govt, says new media rules mean end to privacy: Reuters

The social media giant WhatsApp has filed a legal complaint in Delhi against the Indian government seeking to block regulations coming into force on Wednesday that experts say would compel the California-based Facebook (FB.O) unit to break privacy protections, reported Reuters.

“Need more engagement with govt,” Facebook on social media guidelines

As new guidelines notified in February this year by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology for social media platforms except Koo will come into force on Wednesday, Facebook expressed reluctance to comply with its implementation in absolute terms.

India’s IT ministry asks social media firms to remove reference to ‘Indian variant’ of COVID-19

India's information technology (IT) ministry has written to all social media companies asking them to take down any content that refers to an "Indian variant" of the COVID-19, according to a letter issued on Friday which was seen by Reuters news agency.

Facebook bans poet K Satchidanandan over video targeting BJP and PM Modi

Facebook has banned renowned poet and critic K. Satchidanandan for 24 hours after the poet uploaded a video on the BJP's defeat in Kerala assembly elections and an advertisement for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Dissecting the new rules for social media and OTT

Last week IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar released the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021 at a press conference in New Delhi. Although the government had raised the issue in 2018, work on issuing the new rules for social media and OTT platforms gained acceleration after the spat between IT ministry and Twitter over removal of certain accounts affiliated with farm protests to which Twitter disagreed.

Psychological Dilemma: How do we adjust with technology without being governed by technology?

Information Technology platforms, and social media platforms, in particular, should therefore be viewed in a nuanced manner. And this nuance is what is missing in the Netflix documentary ‘The Social Dilemma’.