Big social media platforms clearly have ‘double standards’: Mohandas Pai – mohandas pai clearly has ‘double standards’ of big social media platforms
Asked about WhatsApp’s appeal to the Delhi High Court on the government’s new digital rules, Pai said, “Let the court decide, not WhatsApp.”
The former chief finance officer of Infosys Ltd predicted, “The matter will go to the Supreme Court”.
He said that the big issue is whether a private social media platform should decide such cases through unilateral contract or make rules for it.
Pai said, “These platforms have now become a public utility because crores of people use them.” Our data is not secure. They are subject to US law and their security agencies have full access to our data. So where is the secrecy? ”
“Clearly they (WhatsApp) have double standards,” he told PTI-Bhasha. Our government and our law should define and protect our privacy, not these forums. ”
The new information technology rules will come into effect from Wednesday 26 May and were announced on 25 February. Under this new rule, large social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp will need to take additional measures. This includes appointment of Chief Compliance Officer, Nodal Officer and Grievance Officer etc.
Major social media forums were given three months to comply with the new rules. Forums in this category are kept, whose number of registered users is more than 5 million.
These social media companies will have to lose their intermediary status as a result of not following the rules. This condition gives them exemption and protection from any third party information and obligations for the data they ‘host’. In other words, they can be acted upon.
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