August 13, 2022
Government issues 105 blocking orders to social media firms under new IT rules

The government has issued 105 guidelines to social media platforms under the new IT rules that came into force in February last year, Parliament was informed on Friday. According to information shared by Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajiv Chandrashekhar in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, the directions under the new rules were issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

Data shared by the minister shows that 94 instructions were issued to YouTube to block content between December 2021 and April 2022, five to Twitter and three each to Facebook and Instagram.

Chandrashekhar said that the government’s policies are aimed at ensuring open, secure and reliable and accountable internet for its users.

He said that the government has issued the Information Technology (Intermediate Guidelines and Digital Media Code of Conduct) Rules, 2021 (“IT Rules, 2021”) on February 25, 2021, to make intermediaries including social media platforms accountable to their users and enhance user safety. has been notified. online.

“Neither the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000 nor the above rules violate the right to privacy of the users,” Chandrashekhar said.

The Ministry of Electronics and IT (Meity) is said to conduct compliance audits of social media companies every quarter.

Currently, social media platforms are required to disclose compliance with IT Rules 2021 every month, where they disclose the action taken by them in response to various complaints.

“MeitY has now put in place a mechanism to audit the compliance of social media intermediaries under IT regulations every quarter. As part of the audit, the ministry will verify whether the social media companies give them the due diligence regarding complaints. are reporting and whether their action has been taken as per the prescribed rules,” the source told PTI.

To tighten the noose on social media platforms, the government has proposed to set up an appellate panel, which will have the power to quash decisions taken by social media companies with respect to any complaint. The public consultation process regarding the proposed rule has been wrapped up by the IT ministry.

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