An Indian parliamentary panel has recommended treating social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook as publishers and setting up a regulatory body to oversee them, potentially opening the companies up to more liability for user-generated content.
The high-level committee made those recommendations as it reviewed the personal data protection bill introduced in 2019 that seeks to protect users’ privacy and enforce strict controls on how companies such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Amazon.com Inc. collect, process and store data.
The panel is asking for tighter rules because current laws treating these social media platforms as intermediaries hasn’t done enough in terms of regulation, said the two people who are not authorized to speak to the media. Also, they said the current provisions in the personal data protection bill is too broad.
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