Not just social media companies, new IT rules that also cover dating apps, matrimonial, e-commerce sites
New IT rules for dating apps, matrimonial sites
The user-friendly laws also cover companies Tinder, Bumber, online classified ad platforms such as JustDial. com, and e-commerce giants like Amazon and Flipkart. While the discussions so far have focused on companies like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube and social media messaging, the amended rules have a wider scope as they cover dating, marriage, e-commerce and online advertisements, a government source told ToI.
“There have been cases where phone numbers, photos and other details of women were illegally posted on dating sites – without their knowledge – leading to their harassment,” the source added. The images were not removed despite pleas from the victims.
“If the consumer wins a reprieve from the GAC, the companies must comply with the decision or go to the Supreme Court. Even in the courts, a positive decision from the GAC will carry more weight and the company – which refuses to take action – can even be ordered to be blocked. That way people will be empowered,” the person noted.
In the case of e-commerce sites, in many cases they have been found to be selling illegal products such as slippers that have the country’s flag drawn on them or depict gods, cigarette ashtrays in the shape of a woman’s private parts. “Some of them do not appear to be illegal, but rather unethical. A citizen, or a user of the platform, can now ask the company’s complaint officer to remove the product immediately, otherwise he can approach the GAC,” according to the source.