Many Instagram users have complained that their content is being restricted after the release of the new sensitivity feature. Users reported that they were unable to see the content they wanted. Instagram said users can change the amount of sensitive content they wish to view. Posts from people they follow will be shown to them irrespective of the settings. It censors sensitive content like nudity, sexually explicit, tobacco-related, or pharma drugs content.
Twitter, after relaunching its verified accounts process, said it had given the verified badge to some fake accounts. Under the platform’s manipulation and spam policy, those accounts have been unverified and removed. Twitter reinstated its verification process in May 2021, with the badge being given to notable users. The company launched a new set of rules like accounts should be active in the last 6 months and should fit one of the several criteria.
The microblogging platform Twitter has finally agreed to comply with India’s new IT rules. Twitter has taken down 22,564 accounts for “kid sexual exploitation and non-consensual nudity” as well as “terrorist propaganda.” The platform, in its first compliance report, also stated that it has taken action against 133 posts for various reasons, including harassment and invasion of privacy. This has come after Twitter’s intermediary platform protection was lost in the country.
The government of India has made it compulsory for top social medial companies like Facebook, YouTube, Instagram to delete impersonating accounts within 24 hrs of being reported. This mandate is a part of the new IT rules. Fake accounts target famous personalities, companies and are used for carrying out phishing attacks selling counterfeit products, and even scams. The mandate is for social media platforms with over 50 lakh users.
The IT ministry might release FAQs related to the new intermediary rules in the next 1-2 weeks. The questions are currently being worked upon and will consist of 10-20 questions including the measures, user benefits of social media platforms, and other clarifications of stakeholders’ queries. The new IT rules make special media platforms more accountable for the posts they host. Twitter lost its security due to non-compliance with the new rules.
Wipro Chairman Rishad Premji, at an event of IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that social media platforms must be allowed to practice ‘responsive self-governance to tackle misinformation. Issues arising through social media misuse must be addressed immediately, he added. This comment came amid a row between Twitter and Govt over the former’s non-compliance with India’s new IT rules.
Websites all over the world, after being affected by the outage of Fastly Inc., came back online on Tuesday. Popular websites like Reddit, Amazon, CNN, Paypal, Spotify, Al Jazeera Media Network, and the New York Times were all in the list of sites hit by the outages that lasted for a few minutes to an hour. Fastlys website said, most of its covered areas faced degraded performance. The UK’s main gov.uk website was also down.
Ravi Shankar Prasad, the minister for IT and Telecom has called out social media firms and said that they have a social and moral responsibility towards their users. The minister said that these platforms should deal with issues like viral morphed images of a woman on their platform with sensibility and stop hiding behind technicalities. Prasad has accused them of having ‘double standards’ as they oppose the rules in India, but follow similar rules in the US.
Facebook, on Thursday, appointed Marne Levine as their first chief business officer. She was the former vice president of global partnerships for the social media giant. Her new role will be to lead the advertising business and global partnerships of FB. The 50-year-old veteran has been with the social media platform for over a decade and has served in various executive positions. She was also the chief operating officer at Instagram.