Facebook changed the way it honors content removal requests from various laws enforcing authorities in India.
People all over the India post a huge amount of content ranging from personal opinions to political views. There is a lot of scope for crime and criminal activity on Facebook.
Earlier Facebook considered content removal requests from the police department and other legal bodies just with the official letter signed by the concerned officer.
Now Facebook has decided to follow a different approach, now onwards it only remove the content only it gets the government or court order. This is because of the misused section 66A of the IT Act of 2000, which Supreme Court of India dismissed last year.
Section 66A has its own advantages personally I treat this section as the remedy for various online issues. But as I already said above, this section got misused a lot.
Without any proper base celebrities and popular persons in politics started to abuse the section and it finally stroked down by the Supreme Court of India.
Making Laws is not sufficient in any country, strictly following those laws with common sense is what’s needed for the better society. Here in India most of the sections in IT Act are outdated, and sometimes they have a broad meaning which can be easily abused.
Today we are seriously talking about the Facebook only, but there are a lot of social networks and other platforms emerging into the Indian technology market which becomes the platform for antisocial activities.
So as a lawmaking establishment, the government should set up expert team consists of lawyers and tech people. Otherwise, solutionless tech crimes will increase.
Facebook follows its Community Guidelines if they applicable for the content removal without the court order.