Social media companies including Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp would be forced to reveal the author of any message deemed “mischievous” or illegal, under sweeping new rules announced in India.
- The Indian government says the laws would help prevent violence, which is often fuelled by misinformation shared online
- Digital rights activists say the proposed rules are vaguely defined and ripe for misuse
- Technology commentators also say it would be impossible for some social media companies to reveal the identity of users on encrypted services
The reforms would require social media to reveal the “first originator” of any message that is seen as attacking the sovereignty of India, diminishing relations with “friendly” countries,…