The rules, proposed by the IT ministry on Christmas Eve, would compel platforms to remove unlawful content, such as anything that affected the “sovereignty and integrity of India”. This has to be done within 24 hours, the rules propose.

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  • “The companies can’t take this lying down. We are all concerned, it’s fundamental to how these platforms are governed,” said an executive at a global social media company. A government source said IT ministry wants to make companies, especially the big ones, more accountable

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  • Asked about WhatsApp, the government source said: "You have created a monster, you should have the ability to control the monster”. The company has battled criticism after fake messages about child kidnap gangs on its platform sparked mob lynchings in India last year

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