Obtain a telecom licence for Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp: Government

New Delhi telecom bill proposes that top social media giants such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter be covered by a telecom services license in India . The companies would be required to comply with a variety of requirements, including providing a mandatory name of their users when requested by others .

The new Delhi telecom bill proposes that top social media giants such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter be covered by a telecom services license in India.The companies would be required to comply with a variety of requirements, including providing a mandatory name of their users when requested by others.If the law becomes a statute, Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp will be required to identify the user of its services using a verifiable method of identification.These players are likely to react in protest as a result of the change, which has so far refused such actions in the name of anonymity and expression.

In the past, organizations such as WhatsApp have said that it is impossible to identify all the individuals in the chain because the current system does not allow it to track the messages, given the encryption techniques used by it.The proposed legislation, which seeks to amend the existing Indian Telegraph Act of 1885, has deemed OTTs (over-the-top service providers who use the internet networks), as an important component of Indias burgeoning telecommunications industry, which will henceforth be allowed to operate under a designated licence.The draft bill lists telecommunication services as any service or product (including broadcasting services, electronic mail, voice mail, voice, video, and data communications services, audiotex services, videotex services, fixed and mobile services, internet and broadband services, satellite-based communication services, in-flight and maritime connectivity services, interpersonal communications services, machine-to-machine communications services, and over-the-top (OTT) communications services) that is made available to customers by telecommunications.The bill's proposal states that the Centre will have the exclusive right to grant a license to a corporation that functions as a telecommunication services provider.