Curbs or restriction or regulations on Social Media by Government in the world

  • As Social media is becoming more and more powerful, governments are developing policies to either control, regulate or curb social media completely.
  • 1. Germany's NetzDG law came into effect at the beginning of 2018, applying to companies with more than two million registered users in the country.
  • SM Companies had to set up procedures to review complaints about content they were hosting, remove anything that was clearly illegal within 24 hours and publish updates every 6 months about how they were doing.
  • Individuals may be fined up to €5m ($5.6m; £4.4m) and companies up to €50m for failing to comply with these requirements.
  • 2. European Union: Social media platforms face fines if they do not delete extremist content within an hour.
  • The EU also introduced the GDPR which set rules on how companies, including social media platforms, store and use people's data.
  • 3. Australia passed the Sharing of Abhorrent Violent Material Act in 2019, introducing criminal penalties for social media companies and financial penalties worth up to 10% of a company's global turnover.
  • In 2015, the Enhancing Online Safety Act created an eSafety Commissioner with the power to demand that SM giants take down harassing or abusive posts.
  • 4. Russia : A law came into force in November giving regulators the power to switch off connections to the worldwide web "in an emergency".
  • Russia's data laws from 2015 required social media companies to store any data about Russians on servers within the country.
  • 5. China: Sites such as Twitter, Google and WhatsApp are blocked in China and Chinese providers such as Weibo, Baidu and WeChat are used instead.
  • China has hundreds of thousands of cyber-police, who monitor social media platforms and screen messages that are deemed to be politically sensitive.
  • Some keywords are automatically censored outright, such as references to the 1989 Tiananmen Square incident.

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