The Ministry of Electronics and IT has established a system to check the compliance of intermediaries in social media in accordance with IT rules each quarter.
In this audit, the ministry will determine if firms on social media are reporting on complaints that are raised with them in a timely manner.
It will also verify whether the procedures adopted by the businesses comply with the rules laid out in the regulations
In a bid to tighten its control over social media platforms In order to tighten its grip on social media platforms, the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) is planning to conduct quarterly audits of compliance of these platforms.
The ministry has created an audit mechanism to ensure conformity of intermediaries on social media in accordance with IT regulations every quarter, according to news agency PTI said in a report.
By conducting this audit The ministry will check whether social media companies have reported on complaints made to them in a timely manner. The ministry will also verify whether the actions implemented by the companies are in line with the guidelines laid out.
Presently, intermediaries on social media with more than 5 million users are required to release monthly compliance reports as per IT Rules 2021. This week, the top social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter have published the compliance report for June of June.
In June of this year, MeitY announced changes for IT Rules 2021. In the draft the government is proposing to establish a Grievance Appellate Committee (GAC). Anyone who is dissatisfied with the decision taken by the grievance department of a social media company’s official will be able to appeal to the government-appointed committee when the rules are enacted.
The changes have been criticized by numerous industry associations as well as experts.
In its response to the amendments made by MeitY in its comments, the Asia Internet Coalition (AIC) was against MeitY’s suggestion to establish GAC/GAC. GACor
.we consider that the idea of creating multiplenational oversight agencies which could each interpret common standards with local lense could result in fragmentation of digital policymaking and create compliance obstacles and entry barriers for small businesses. the AIC declared.
In the past, US lobby groups, including the US-India Business Council (USIBC) which is which is part of the US Chamber of Commerce and the US-India Strategic Partner Forum (USISPF) representing tech giants like Twitter and Facebook have also voiced their concerns regarding proposed modifications for IT Rules, 2021.
The groups also expressed concerns internally about how the committee can function in a way that is independent of the government, even if it participates in its creation.