Intermediaries must act on objectionable content within 36 hours
The Indian government has introduced new rules in Internet regulation in the country which place the onus on intermediaries such as Facebook and YouTube to "act within 36 hours" of receiving information about offensive content.
The Department of Information Technology has asked intermediaries to work with the user "to disable such information that is in contravention" of the new restrictions.
Under the new regulations notified on 11 April under the Information Technology Act, the list of objectionable content includes anything that "threatens the unity, integrity, defence, security or sovereignty of India, friendly relations with foreign states or public order."
However, regulations also place restrictions on loosely coined terms such as "disparaging," "harassing," "blasphemous" or "hateful" content.
Though only 10% of total population of India has access to the Internet, the number of Internet users is growing day by day with rising mobile phone sales and introduction of 3G services in the country.
The new regulations are based on a 2008 IT law that the parliament passed shortly after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack which claimed more than 163 lives.