The Indian Government has asked Google, Twitter, WhatsApp and other social media platforms to take concrete steps to check spread of rumours and messages inciting unrest, cyber crimes and other activities that could be detrimental to the national security.
Besides, these platforms, which also include Facebook and Instagram, have also been asked to put in place a system for prompt sharing of information sought by the law enforcement agencies for investigation purposes
A number of cases have come to the fore in recent past where social media platforms were used to spread hate messages and rumours inciting violence, including against women, but internet giants — most of them being headquartered outside India — have been resisting sharing of customer details and message trails citing privacy issues.
UK has fined Facebook 500,000 pounds for data breach impacting 1 million users. Between 2007 and 2014, Facebook processed the personal information of users unfairly by allowing application developers access to their information without sufficiently clear and informed consent.
Data breach: UK has fined Facebook $644,000 in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The fine was the maximum allowed under the law at the time the breach occurred
However, some social media firms have said they are taking necessary steps to stop misuse of their platforms for spread of fake news, and rumours and hate messages.