India asks social media firms if they have complied with the new regulations

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India has asked social media firms to provide specific details about how they are complying with its new IT rules by “as soon as possible” and “preferably today” even as the new regulations are being challenged by WhatsApp.

In a letter to “significant social media intermediaries” — which New Delhi defines as social media firms with over 5 million registered users in India — on Wednesday, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology asked the firms to share the names of their apps that will come under the scope of the new IT rules.

The letter, obtained by TechCrunch, also asks the firms to provide name and contact details of chief compliance officer, nodal contact person, resident grievance officer, and physical address of the office in India and share the compliance status of the rules. The new rules mandate that firms have enough nodal officers in India to address on-ground concerns.

The letter also implies that India doesn’t plan to give social media firms any extension on the deadline to comply with the new regulations.

“If you are not considered as SSMI, please provide the reasons for the same including the registered users on each of the services provided by you,” the letter adds. “The government reserves the right to seek any additional information, as may be permitted within these Rules and the IT Act.”

Earlier on Wednesday, WhatsApp sued the Indian government challenging the second largest internet market’s new regulations that it said could allow authorities to make people’s private messages “traceable,” and conduct mass surveillance.

This is a developing story. More to follow…

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