India has issued new rules to social media companies after the government claims companies have been “violating Indians’ constitutional rights.”
The new social media laws now require companies to seek approval from government panels before making content moderation decisions. This all comes after Twitter declined to comply with government orders to remove accounts that the government said were spreading “misinformation” about farmer protests last year. In addition, Twitter also faced backlash after disabling accounts of influential politicians.
Following the release of new rules, the Indian government said “A number of technology Intermediaries have acted in violation of constitutional rights of Indian citizens. These new rules put in place are set to guarantee Indians’ constitutional rights are not impacted.”