Don't worry, social media users. In India, Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter will not be prohibited. The new IT guidelines state unequivocally that platforms may face legal action for noncompliance but would not be blacklisted. These social media sites will not be outlawed in the nation anytime soon, according to the new IT guidelines.
The news was announced on August 24 by the IT Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey at a seminar in New Delhi. He said that social media companies have agreed to comply with requests for information from law enforcement agencies in India and not oppose such orders in court.
This announcement comes after months of pressure from government officials to regulate social media in India. Critics claim that social media sites such as Facebook allow criminals to communicate undetected by law enforcement, while others argue that they provide important tools for organizing protests and educating people about issues facing society at large.
In May, the Union Cabinet approved amendments to the Information Technology (IT) Act, which will give the government authority to block social media websites in cases of national security or public interest. The move was proposed by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) to bring them under its regulatory purview. At the time, Aam Aadmi Party (Arvind Kejriwal's political party) chief Arvind Kejriwal threatened to block the website of Facebook, Google, and Twitter if his party is voted back into power in the upcoming elections.
Because it was a difficult undertaking, the Indian government offered social media businesses three months to comply with the new laws. New laws will go into force on May 26th, 2021, and social media sites have yet to comply. As a result, large corporations in India may face a social media ban. The government has not issued any official announcements regarding this possibility, but many companies choose to avoid risk when they can.
According to Global Times, India's app restriction is the result of US tech phobia. In June 2020, India made permanent a ban placed on 59 Chinese applications, including TikTok, Baidu, WeChat, and UC Browser. According to Reuters, the decision was made after India reviewed responses from companies on issues such as compliance and privacy. Google removed the Global Newsroom from its Indian website in 2014.
Google said at the time that it was closing down its local office and removing products from the Indian market because it didn't have "a clear path" for how it would be able to comply with local laws.
However, many experts believe that the real reason was security concerns. With over 1 billion people, there's plenty of room for malicious actors to exploit vulnerabilities within these apps.
The fact that these apps are popular in India shows just how influential China has become within Asia. Although TikTok claims not to report data back to the Chinese government, it's unlikely they would allow a product that helps citizens communicate outside of their control.
India isn't the only country to restrict access to Global Times. Other countries like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Algeria also have the newspaper blocked.
These restrictions show that China's influence is growing within Asia and around the world. Despite recent tensions between the two countries, Beijing still has enough clout to prevent New Delhi from reading independent news.
The Indian government has prohibited the use of third-party email providers such as Google, Yahoo, and Hotmail in government agencies. In their offices, Indian government personnel will now have very limited access to the internet. Instead, they will be given personal computers with the Microsoft Office suite installed on them.
This is because these third-party email providers don't offer a government-approved solution for storing email messages. As such, they pose a threat to national security since confidential information could potentially be accessed by hackers if left unattended on these servers.
Government employees in India can still send and receive emails, but they will no longer be able to do so from their work computers. Instead, they will need to log into their accounts from home devices using the Yahoo! Mail website or app.
If an employee decides not to change their email provider, they will be denied access to their email account after one year of non-usage. This means that all sent messages will be lost forever.
Email providers that refuse to cooperate with government requests without a court order will have their contracts cancelled by the government agency. This measure was taken in order to protect sensitive information about citizens that may have been stored on these servers.
Non-compliance with this ban will result in punishment ranging from a fine to suspension or termination of services.
India has imposed a ban. The Indian government banned CM Browser, along with 58 other Chinese-originated apps, in June 2020, claiming data and privacy concerns. The prohibition might also be attributed to border tensions between India and China in 2020. However, it is still accessible in the Indian App Store and Google Play.
Telegram is not illegal in India, although it is not prohibited. When it comes to pirating movies and series in India, Telegram has been mostly overtaken by torrenting, particularly among younger internet users, teenagers, and those who watch on mobile phones. In addition, some online media have accused Telegram of helping pirates distribute their content.
However, the service has found a new audience in India: migrant workers who want to keep in touch with friends and family back home. Because it is free to use and allows group messaging, it has become popular among labor migrants working in other countries as well.
In August 2016, the Indian government blocked access to the service within its borders. The reason given was that it was being used to share copyrighted material - mainly movies and music albums. However, many people inside India were still able to reach users outside the country through proxy servers and other methods. In April 2017, the government reiterated its stance against Telegram.
Despite the ban, there are still many Indians who use the service. This group is often referred to as "Telegramites" or "Telegrams".
According to one study conducted in March 2018, about 30 percent of Indians use Telegram regularly.
The service has more than 100 million active users worldwide. Of these, 20 million are in India.