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Comply, then debate, say Indian techs | India News


CHENNAI: With new intermediary guidelines for social media platforms springing into action and big tech stuck with the government, desi tech entrepreneurs say social media has become too big to escape scrutiny, and actors Global are trying to get out of compliance. Globally, India is not alone in setting such expectations on digital companies, and similar controls are being considered in other countries, they said.
“The global giants of social media that oppose the new government guidelines are trying to manipulate the sovereign. If the law requires you to do something, you have no choice but to do it. If you are aggrieved by law or regulation, you can challenge in court. Then comply with the first court, ”said Murugavel Janakiraman, founder of BharatMatrimony and a fierce activist for Internet freedom. “It is one thing to find time to comply and another to defy the laws. The greats are getting bigger and have misplaced notions that they can challenge and escape. They must not forget that they need India more than India needs them, ”he said.
Self-reliance icon Sridhar Vembu, founder of Zoho Corp, says the problem should be seen in two parts: one around social media platforms and the second around messaging apps. “They (social media companies) used to be platform neutral, but in the recent past, they’ve been making editorial decisions about what kind of storytelling is okay and what isn’t. That means they should be treated like any other publisher would and held accountable for the same, ”he said. In the case of messaging apps, we need to find common ground between privacy concerns and app misuse in relation to national security, Vembu said, suggesting creating a judicial body, operating outside of political pressure, to govern the traceability of private messages. .
There are also apprehensions about the new regulations. The Internet and Mobile Association of India industry body said that, on behalf of social media intermediaries, it expressed its concerns to the government at the stipulated time for the transition to the new rules, all the more so given the Covid-19 crisis. . “We also believe that certain areas within the rules, such as the personal responsibility of the chief compliance officer, for example, need further clarification and the development of SOPs to address specific provisions and reassure SSMI employees of their responsibility. We are committed to working with the government on such frequently asked questions and standard operating procedures for compliance, ”said Bhanupreet Saini, IAMAI’s head of public policy.
Some companies that have complied with the new regulations feel that social media will be more secure now. Koo co-founder, equivalent to Desi on Twitter, Aprameya Radhakrishna, says they want users to have complete freedom of expression and also feel safe in the app. “The guidelines will make social networks safer for users and will put all actors in the sector on an equal footing with regard to controls for the creation of spatial spaces,” he said. Koo has complied with the new requirements and will continue to publish the necessary reports as an ongoing process, he added.
Siddarth Pai, founding partner of venture capital firm 3one4 Capital, an investor in several new-age tech companies, including Koo, believes the need for such a law is “at an all-time high” today. . “While the details of any legislation can always be debated, there is no doubt that we need to incorporate a public review process into this framework. Social media companies cannot be selective about the laws of the countries they adhere to and which ones they don’t.

Times of India