New social media rules come into effect, No impact on WhatsApp functioning: Govt

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Information and Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad (File Pic)

New Delhi (NVI) Additional due diligence required from large social media companies has come into effect from today but the new digital rules won’t impact normal functioning of WhatsApp, the government said today amidst a raging fight with the social media giant.

The government insisted that the new digital rule requiring WhatsApp to disclose origin of flagged messages does not violate privacy.

Information and Technology Ministry asked large social media platforms to report status of compliance with new digital rules.

It sought details of Chief Compliance Officer, Resident Grievance Officer appointed by digital platforms under new social media rules

Information and Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, responding to concerns raised by WhatsApp over the new rules, said countries like the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada also require social media firms to allow for legal interception.

The IT Ministry, in a statement, said WhatsApp’s challenge to intermediary guidelines in the court of law was an “unfortunate attempt to prevent norms from coming into effect”.