Govt for social media companies to set up servers in India

  • Rajesh Ahuja, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 23, 2015 01:07 IST

The NDA government is working on a legal framework to make it binding on social media giants like Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and others to set up servers in India.

“The Union home ministry will soon call a meeting with social media giants in this regard,” said a government official, requesting anonymity.

While it remains an uphill task for the government to ensure these companies comply with its conditions, the preliminary work has already begun with the home ministry and law ministry examining the issue closely with domestic stakeholders last December.

According to sources, the home ministry will soon convene a meeting with the representatives of some social media companies, share their concerns and spell out their legal position vis-à-vis unmonitored cyber activity in the country.

The law ministry has been asked for the legal provisions to be put into place to make it legally binding on such companies to set up servers in India.

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