'Rules Make Sense': Facebook India Voices Open Support To New IT Policy

'Rules Make Sense': Facebook India Voices Open Support To New IT PolicyUnion Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad (Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via GettyImages) 

Tech giant Facebook has declared its open support to India’s new IT rules stating that they 'make sense' at the time when Twitter has consistently refrained from adhering to in the last couple of months.

Facebook India MD Ajit Mohan affirmed to the Times of India (TOI) that the agenda of online safety and security is an important agenda for the company, particularly in a country where around 70 crore people use the internet.

He added that the concept of having a framework of accountability and also regulations regarding harmful content is sensible.

“The (Indian) government wants to limit the misuse and abuse of social media platforms by bad actors, and that is an agenda that we are entirely aligned with,” Mohan was quoted in a report by the TOI.

The top executive further stressed that Facebook along with its group companies have undertaken measures for user hygiene and security with respect to content.

Mohan assured that the social media platform will continue investing in safety to stay ahead in this respect whilst simultaneously following the new IT rules as directed by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeITY).

The Facebook-owned WhatsApp has challenged the provision of tracing the source ‘unlawful’ messages in the Delhi High Court. Yet, the company currently seems to be in agreement with all the other regulations as per the amended rules.