WhatsApp Reaches Court against Center: Challenges 3-Month-Old Social Media Guidelines

In the guidelines released three months ago, WhatsApp and similar companies have to keep the original information of the messages sent on their messaging app.
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Messaging app WhatsApp has reached the court against the new IT rules of the central government. In the guidelines released three months ago, WhatsApp and similar companies have to keep the original information of the messages sent on their messaging app. The company has now approached the Delhi High Court against the same rule of the government.

According to the news agency, the company says that this decision of the government will end the privacy of the people. A WhatsApp spokesperson said that tracing chat in this way with the messaging app would violate people's right to privacy. For us it would be like keeping an eye on all the messages sent on WhatsApp, leaving no justification for end-to-end encryption.

We will continue talking to the government: WhatsApp

According to the spokesperson, we have been constantly opposing those aspects with civil society and experts from all over the world, which may threaten the privacy of the user. In the meantime, we will continue to negotiate with the Government of India to find a solution to the matter.

The guideline was released on 25 February

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Image Credit: BBC

The government released guidelines for social media platforms on February 25 this year and gave 3 months time to implement them. The deadline came to an end on Tuesday, May 25. Social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Twitter, and Instagram have not yet revealed whether the guidelines have been implemented. In such a situation, the government can take action against them.

Facebook will continue discussions with the government

Meanwhile, the answer came from Facebook, which owns WhatsApp. The company said on Tuesday that it would follow IT regulations. Also, will continue to talk to the government on some issues. According to IT regulations, work is on implementing operational procedures and increase efficiency. The company will take care that people can speak freely and securely through our platform.

Government guidelines for social media

  • All social media should appoint their 3 officers, Chief Compliance Officer, Nodal Contact Person, and Resident Graduate Officer in India. They should live in India only. Their contact numbers should be published on the app and website.
  • These platforms should also explain what is the mechanism for lodging the complaint. The officer should pay attention to the complaint within 24 hours and within 15 days tell the complainant what action was taken and not taken on his complaint, then why not.
  • Create a system through automated tools and technology to identify the content of rape, child sexual abuse. Apart from this, identify such information on them, which has been removed from the platform first. There should also be sufficient staff to review and monitor the working of these tools.
  • Platform Publish a Monthly Report. It should have information about the complaints received in the month, the action was taken on them. The link and the content that has been removed have been informed.
  • If the platform removes any objectionable information, then it will first have to inform the person who created, uploaded, or shared this content. The reason for this also has to be given. The user should also be given an opportunity to appeal against the action of the platform. The mechanism of settling these disputes should be constantly monitored by the Graves officer.

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