Press Trust of IndiaJuly 17, 2021 2:05:04 PM IST
It was learned that the IT ministry withdrew a letter sent to iPhone maker Apple seeking the iMessage platform’s compliance with new IT rules, according to a source. Apple has explained to the ministry that iMessage is a function on your mobile device like all phones have to send messages and not an application that any user can download.
It also has fewer than 5 million iMessage users, which is another reason why it is outside the scope of the 2021 Information Technology Standards (Guidelines for Brokers and Code of Ethics for Digital Media).
“Apple’s IMessage is not an available application that can be downloaded by anyone. It is a function similar to an SMS on the phone and therefore Meity has withdrawn a letter sent to Apple requesting compliance,” the source said.
A query sent by email to the Ministry of Electronics and IT and Apple received no response.
The new TI rules went into effect on May 26.
The rule defines a social media platform that primarily or solely allows online interaction between two or more users and allows them to create, upload, share, disseminate, modify or access information using its services.
Social media platforms that have more than 5 million users in India must comply with the new IT rules. They must designate a Chief Compliance Officer, Nodal Contact Person and a Resident Complaint Officer, each of whom must be a resident of India.