A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader on 8 June filed FIR against Instagram for portraying Lord Shiva in “bad taste”. BJP leader Manish Singh filed the complaint at the Parliament Street police station in New Delhi against the CEO and other officials of Instagram.
The complaint filed by Delhi BJP leader Manish Singh was lodged against Instagram over a sticker showing Lord Shiva holding a glass of wine in one hand and a mobile phone in the other while winking.
The sticker was seen on Instagram’s story section. The FIR was lodged against Instagram for allegedly hurting Hindu sentiments.
In a video shared on social media, Manish Singh says that he will launch a protest and dharna at Instagram’s office if the stickers are not removed immediately. He has also demanded an apology from Instagram.
On 25 February the Centre released The Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 for regulating content on OTT platforms and social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The new IT guidelines have been released to make the social media platforms more responsible and accountable for the content that they allow the users to put out on their platforms.
With the new social media rules, platforms will be required to disclose the first originator of a mischievous tweet or message which could be in relation to the sovereignty of India, the security of the state, relations with foreign states, rape, etc. Moreover, in a move that caused a stir, the government ordered that social media platforms would be bound under the law to remove any content flagged by authorities within 36 hours. Additionally, they had to set up a complaint redressal mechanism with an officer being based in the country to resolve the matter.