In a feature exclusive to India Today, there will be a ban on WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram due to accusations from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology that these apps do not adhere to their policies. Apparently, as of February 25, 2021, these social media companies had been given a 3-month notice period to comply with the new guidelines.
In the last 3 months, the Koo app has only adhered to the new policies. These are established in a press release issued by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology as indicated below.
There will be an appointment of additional compliance officers for all of these social media giants under the new guidelines, in addition to the review of complaints in a state of violations. Until now, Twitter has retaliated by saying that they verify all data that is posted on the platform. Facebook, on the other hand, will only comply once it discusses the approach with the government.
The news has surprised many users, as thousands of users across the country use these social media applications almost regularly. They have taken to Twitter to voice their concerns, as the ban is scheduled to take place starting today. On Twitter, a new hashtag #IStandWithTwitterIndia is circulating in light of the current situation.
– Tanmoy Paul (@nottanmoy) May 25, 2021
The Indian government could ban Twitter and Facebook tomorrow
If it happens, then it would be BJP’s first surgical attack on his own TI cell.#TwitterIndia #FacebookIndia #WhatsApp #Insta #InstagramBan #FacebookBan #TwitterBan #WhatsAppBan #IStandWithTwitterIndia #Forbidden
– TusharVijh (@TusharVijh) May 25, 2021
Some also resorted to creating memes to express their concerns and how this ban would affect everyone in the country. Some users also compared Twitter to Koo.
Folks after seeing the koo app trending on Twitter! (RT) 👇😁
– Rishabh rao (@ Rishabh74835716) May 26, 2021
Which is better app?
– 💫 A spiritual soul ✨ (@IamSPIRITUAL_) May 25, 2021
The new hashtag encourages people to use Twitter more. Several users use this platform to connect with influencers, celebrities and businessmen in the country in times of crisis. The ban will affect how each individual has the opportunity to speak out.
– David Abdullah (@ DavidAb93761307) May 25, 2021
In fact, MLA Dhanwati Chandela also posted a tweet saying that banning an app will not stop people from revealing the truth, no matter what platform they use.
– MLA Dhanwati Chandela (@MLADHANWATIAAP) May 25, 2021
We have yet to see if this decision is finalized. Social media apps can lose their power to act as intermediaries if they don’t follow the rules set by the government.
What platform do you use the most?