Twitter could be banned if the company does not comply with the new Information Technology rules, which comes into effect starting May 26th. Not just Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp also fall under the same umbrella and could face a ban. With these popular social media apps that have become part of our daily lives expected to be banned, many have taken to these very platforms for one last hoorah. On Twitter, you will notice “Good Bye” and #TwitterBan trending in India. Many have been posting about the possible ban on Twitter and other social media apps, and as you might have expected, the best of them come in the form of memes.
Why is Twitter getting banned in India?
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp have not been banned yet, but there is a possibility that the Indian government could go that way if these platforms don’t comply with the new rules. As per the rules, social media platforms have to follow additional due diligence, including appointing a chief compliance officer, nodal contact person, and a resident grievance officer. If Twitter, Facebook, and others don’t comply with the rules, they could lose their intermediary status, which allows them to be exempted from liabilities for any third-party information and data posted on their platform.
Here’s how Twitter users are reacting to a potential Twitter ban
These are just some of the ways users have been reacting to talks of a Twitter ban in India. Koo, which is a Twitter-like Indian social media app, is the only company that has complied with the new rules. It won’t be surprising if the app sees an uptick in users during this period. Facebook has reportedly stated that it plans to comply with the new rules. We will know soon enough if Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp are indeed being banned in India.