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Social media platforms will forfeit safe harbour sans ‘adequate arrangements’ against misuse during Bihar elections: Election Commission

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Social media platforms will be held liable if they don't “make adequate arrangements” to safeguard against misuse ahead of and during the upcoming Bihar elections, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said while announcing the Bihar elections on Friday. Social media platforms will have to set up “strict protocols” to handle any violations. This suggests that in the absence of such protocols, social media platforms will forfeit their safe harbour protections that shield them from bearing liability for content posted by users. “If such arrangements are not made by them, they would not be allowed to take the pretext of being only the providers of platforms and shall be held responsible if necessary action is not taken by them properly and adequately.” — Sunil Arora, Chief Election Commissioner, Election Commission of India (ECI) The voluntary code of ethics that the industry…

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