August 12, 2022
MeitY asked to conduct quarterly compliance audit for social media firms

An official source said on Thursday that the Ministry of Electronics and IT (Meity) will now conduct compliance audits of social media companies every quarter.

Currently, social media platforms are required to disclose compliance with IT Rules 2021 every month, where they disclose the action taken by them in response to various complaints.

“MeitY has now put in place a mechanism to audit the compliance of social media intermediaries under IT regulations every quarter. As part of the audit, the ministry will verify whether the social media companies give them the due diligence regarding complaints. are reporting and whether their action has been taken as per the prescribed rules,” the source told PTI.

To tighten the noose on social media platforms, the government has proposed to set up an appellate panel, which will have the power to quash decisions taken by social media companies with respect to any complaint. The public consultation process regarding the proposed rule has been wrapped up by the IT ministry.

In June, Union Minister Rajiv Chandrashekhar said the Indian government’s proposal to set up a grievances appellate panel follows several complaints that social media platforms were not adequately redressing the issues raised by people.

The Minister of State for Electronics and IT held an open discussion with the stakeholders on a draft notification to amend the Information Technology (Intermediate Guidelines and Digital Media Code of Conduct) Rules, 2021.

The government has proposed setting up a complaints panel that would have the power to override the decisions of social media companies and other internet firms.

He said that social media platforms need to act on complaints that violate Indian laws and cannot infringe the rights of citizens given under the Constitution.


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