For Facebook and Twitter, the changes to India’s IT (Amendment) Act is just what the doctor ordered — or not

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Facebook and Twitter have come under the scanner for how they regulate content on their platforms in India for two separate incidents in the past three months.
The threat to democracy lies in the grey area where freedom of speech ends and crosses over to ‘hate speech’ territory.
Lawyers told Business Insider that India’s IT (Amendment) Act, 2018, which has been pending for nearly two years now, is far from perfect.
In India, Twitter and Facebook are facing two sides of the same coin. While one is under fire for
removing content without being asked to, the other is being asked why it
didn’t remove content that was ‘hate speech’.
The power which social networks have over democracies worldwide has come under global scrutiny, whether that’s in India, the US, Australia, or Brazil. The 2016 US election was only one example of how a social network, if manipulated, can influence the behaviour of people across an entire nation.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies at a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., United States on 10 April 2018 on how he is “responsible for” not preventing the social media platform from being …

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