Governments may rethink about Safe Harbour for Social Media Apps

The government may rethink about Safe Harbour for Social Media Apps

A “rethink” process does currently being considered by the Indian government on how social media platforms are treated under the safe harbour framework. Whistle-blower Frances Haugen made blows to the world about Facebook that ignited calls from across the world for further regulation.

The Centre has been keeping an eye on the rise of social media companies globally. Moreover, it believes that the blanket exemption given to these companies should end.

According to the official data, India has been closing in on 750 million users. Those used the internet widely. Moreover, It is the largest market in technology giants along with Facebook.

In terms of users’ safety, legislation does need in this area. Moreover, the government is already thinking on these lines. The officials’ of the Indian government said as in Europe or American governments have a taught of a rethink on the safe harbour provision. So, we also take the same decision that it has to modify.


A Facebook spokesperson says the company remains to explore new measures. These including a “take a break” button on its apps to steer teens away from harmful content. According to him, Facebook’s algorithms “must hold accountable by regulation, if it’s necessary. So that people can see the difference between what our systems say they’re supposed to do and what happened.”

A summit of leading global technology companies is taking place in Paris on Wednesday between the leaders of France and New Zealand, as governments around the world debate new means of curbing harmful and hate speech on the internet.

According to Haugen’s latest revelations on Facebook, the US-based social media network engenders hatred and division in society by spreading violent and hateful content.

The government is on a “wait and watch” mode to see how the global situation evolves, the official added.

Several lawmakers are calling for the creation of an independent regulator. However, these steps include the ability to audit and inspect big tech companies. They are also arguing for the creation of a new privacy policy. The new norms may allow people to “opt-in” to share their information.

In addition, they want US privacy laws and competition policy updated, as well as requiring tech companies to open up their algorithms.

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