According to a draft regulation, India is annoyed by a dispute with Twitter. It plans to order social media companies to quickly eliminate controversial content and assist in investigations.

The “Intermediary Code and Digital Media Ethics Code” in the New Delhi Plan (which Reuters saw the copy) was released at the same time as countries around the world tried to exercise tighter controls on powerful big technology companies.

Last week, Facebook faced global opposition from publishers and politicians after a dispute with the Australian government over tax-sharing issues to block Australian news sources.

In India, Twitter ignored an order to delete content from farmers’ protests, which aroused the enthusiasm of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government since 2018 to strengthen supervision of content that it considers false or illegal .

The latest draft rule (which is legally enforceable) stipulates that companies should delete content as soon as possible (but no later than 36 hours) after a government or legal order is issued.

They must also assist in investigations or other cybersecurity-related incidents within 72 hours of the request. In addition, the rules also stipulate that if a post describes someone having any sexual activity or sexual activity, the company must disable or delete such content on the day of receiving the complaint.

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Twitter declined to comment. The Twitter did not reject all the rumors of the agricultural reform protests alleged by the government.

Ethnic, religious background

The draft proposal also requires the company to appoint a chief compliance officer, another executive responsible for law enforcement, and a “appeal remediation officer.”

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All must be Indian residents.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It is unclear when these rules will be announced and whether further changes will be made.

Industry sources said that the new regulations may discourage large technology companies’ investment plans in India and exacerbate compliance issues. The draft proposal says that the rule will also apply to other digital and online media.

The draft rule says: “Publishers should consider India’s multi-ethnic and multi-religious background when introducing the activities, beliefs, practices or opinions of any racial or religious group, and should take appropriate care and discretion.”

The draft rules deal with movies and other entertainment activities, including web-based serials, and require “classification levels” to describe content and provide discretion.

Streaming media platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime have already received complaints for obscenity in India.

Police in northern Uttar Pradesh conducted a nearly four-hour questioning of Amazon executives on Tuesday, alleging that the political drama Tandav harmed the religious atmosphere and caused public outrage.

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