Indian startups ShareChat and Koo backed by Google, Facebook, Telegram, LinkedIn and Tiger Global have complied in whole or in part with the South Asian nation’s new IT rules, according to two people familiar with the matter and a government note obtained by TechCrunch.
India’s new IT rules, unveiled in February this year, require companies to appoint and share contact details for representatives responsible for compliance, nodal point of reference and grievance redress to address concerns on the ground.
The aforementioned companies have complied with this requirement, according to the government note and a person familiar with the matter. Businesses were required to comply with the new IT rules by this week.
Twitter hasn’t played by the rules yet. “Twitter sent out a communication late last night, sharing details of a lawyer working at a law firm in India as a nodal contact person and grievance officer,” a note prepared by New Delhi said, adding that the rules require the aforementioned officials to be direct. employees.
In recent times, tension has been mounting between Twitter and the Indian government. This week, Delhi police took to Twitter offices to “report a notice” about an investigation into their information about the classification of tweets by Indian politicians as deceptive. Twitter called the move a form of intimidation, raised concerns about its employees and called on the government to respect citizens’ right to free speech.
WhatsApp has complied with the aforementioned rules, but not the traceability requirement, a person familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. WhatsApp sued the Indian government earlier this week for asking for a way to track down the sender of the messages. WhatsApp said it would have to compromise the privacy of every user to be able to comply with this rule.
It’s not clear at this point whether Apple, which operates iMessage, and Signal have complied with the rules.
India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology on Wednesday asked social media companies for an update on their compliance status, TechCrunch first reported.
India is a key foreign market for several tech giants, including Facebook and Google, both of which identify the country as its largest market by users. Neighboring country Pakistan, which proposed rules similar to India’s last year, had to withdraw them after the tech giants united and threatened to leave the country.