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The Indian government could force Social media companies to comply with requests

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The Indian government could force Social media companies to comply with requests

The Indian government may look set to publish new rules that force social media companies operating in the region to comply with its requests to give it access to the users of social networks and find origins of posts.

Bloomberg reports that the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology of India will publish the controversial ruling that it first issued in December 2018. 

Networks like Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and even Tiktok would have to aid government requests and trace the source of a post that's requested within 72 hours without the need of a warrant. They will also have to disable to poster's access within 24 hours and delete all contents of the poster and archive it for analysis for at least six months for government investigators to analyze that information.

Social media companies would also be expected to set up their business operations physically in the country and appoint a government liasison. The rules are in a drafting stage but Bloomberg states that there are no major changes expected. The rules will apply to both social networking and messaging apps.

India has well over 500 million social media users and one of the highest penetrations in social media usage in the world. 

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