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Tanutam Thawan

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We look at the recent changes made by the Australian and Indian governments to except control over the world’s biggest social media platforms. India has issued strict new rules for Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms just weeks after the Indian government attempted to pressure Twitter to take down social media accounts it deemed, well, anti social. There is now an open battle between the rise of social media platforms and the governments and ‘old’ media that have been able to maintain a certain level of control over the ‘message’ for the last century. Who will win?

The rules require any social media company to create three roles within India… a “compliance officer” who ensures they follow local laws; a “grievance officer” who addresses complaints from Indian social media users; and a “contact person” who can actually be contacted by lawyers and other aggrieved Indian parties… 24/7.

The democratisation of the news model, with social media as its catalyst, will continue to baffle traditional media and governments who used to enjoy a level of control over what stories get told. The battles of Google and Facebook, with the governments of India and Australia will be followed in plenty of other countries as well.

At the root of all discussions will be the difference between what governments THINK social media is all about and the reality about how quickly the media landscape has changed. You’ll get to read about it first, on a social media platform… probably on the screen you’re watching this news story right now.

 

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    Anna

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    After many days i can comment

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    Jesus Monroe

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    The government because politicians rarely go to jail……..

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    Craig

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    If the government starts using social mafia, I mean media, watch out!

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    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 10:44 am

    I think they are using social media already with agents.
    slugger is one of them and IJohn another.
    But to answer the question social media will win.
    Recently in Burma the new tyrants tried to shut down social media. They could not and shut the Internet.
    That was unsuccessful because business needs the Internet.
    Look at Lord Haw Haw during WW2. They could not stop him broadcasting because it would mean closing down the wireless.
    They finally stopped him at the the Tower of London dangling at the end of a rope.
    Haw Haw Haw.

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