Users should not be afraid, new IT rules to prevent misuse of social media: Ravi Shankar Prasad
WhatsApp has taken the matter to the Delhi High Court, alleging that the central government's new IT rules are threatening users' privacy. Now there is an explanation from the central government. The new IT rules are only to prevent the misuse of social media, it poses no threat to users. Therefore, users should not be afraid, said Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. Ravi Shankar Prasad has presented the role of the Central Government in this regard through the Swadeshi app 'Koo'.
Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "The government respects the right to privacy. Therefore, WhatsApp users need not be intimidated by these new rules. "
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the new rules could effectively control a text if it threatened the country's sovereignty, unity, and security, or law and order issues, such as rape and child sexual abuse.
In February, the central government had ordered the social media companies to change their policies and abide by the new rules. The deadline is May 25. The rules laid down by the central government have been implemented only by the indigenous social media company Koo and no other company has responded to the central government.
The central government will now be able to trace anyone's WhatsApp chats. WhatsApp has taken the matter to the Delhi High Court, saying that it will endanger the 'right to privacy of its users.
What are the new government rules?
On February 25, the central government had announced new regulations for social media and OTT platforms. These companies are required to appoint a grievance redressal officer and a divisional officer in India. The complaint should be resolved within 15 days. Although these companies are headquartered abroad, they should have an official address in one country for the transactions of the Central Government.