The federal government on Wednesday knowledgeable Parliament that there is no such thing as a proposal with the IT ministry to arrange a regulator for social media.
Union IT and Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, nonetheless, mentioned that the federal government has launched Info Know-how (Middleman Pointers and Digital Media Ethics Code) Guidelines, 2021, beneath the IT Act that specifies the due diligence to be adopted by all of the intermediaries, together with the social media intermediaries.
“The social media platforms are enjoined to develop a sturdy grievance redressal system. Presently, there is no such thing as a proposal with the Ministry of Electronics and Info Know-how to nominate a regulator for social media,” Prasad knowledgeable the Lok Sabha.
The federal government in February had introduced sweeping laws for social media companies like Fb and Twitter in addition to OTT gamers equivalent to Netflix, requiring them to take away any content material flagged by authorities inside 36 hours and organising a criticism redressal mechanism with an officer being based mostly within the nation.
The rules additionally make it necessary for platforms equivalent to Twitter and WhatsApp to establish the originator of a message that authorities think about to be anti-national and in opposition to safety and sovereignty of the nation.
The brand new guidelines associated to social media platforms are to be dealt with by the IT ministry whereas the Info and Broadcasting ministry will take care of content material associated points on leisure apps and on-line information portals.
Prasad mentioned beneath provision of part 69A of the Info Know-how Act, 2000, the federal government blocks illegal and malicious on-line content material together with social media account, within the curiosity of sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, safety of the State, pleasant relations with international states or public order or for stopping incitement to the fee of any cognizable offence regarding above.
“Beneath this provision, 9,849 URLs/accounts/webpages, totally on social media platforms, have been blocked through the 12 months 2020,” Prasad mentioned.
In response to query whether or not the federal government has performed any examine relating to the affect of presidency’s management over social media vis-a-vis proper to freedom of expression enshrined within the structure, Prasad denied any such examine undertaken by the federal government.
He mentioned that the federal government welcomes criticism, dissent and likewise the rights of individuals to ask questions on social media.
“Nevertheless, this must be acknowledged that the elemental proper of speech and expression beneath article 19(1) can also be topic to affordable restrictions beneath article 19(2) of the Structure which might be imposed within the curiosity of safety, security and sovereignty of India, public order, pleasant relations with international nations and many others,” Prasad mentioned.
The minister mentioned it’s equally essential that social media shouldn’t be abused or misused to defame, promote terrorism, rampant violence and compromise the dignity of girls.
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