The government has issued 105 instructions to social media platforms under new IT rules that came into force in February last year, Parliament was told on Friday. According to information shared by Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar in a written response to the Rajya Sabha, the instructions were issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting under the new rules.
Data shared by the minister shows that 94 instructions to block content were issued to YouTube between December 2021 and April 2022, five to Twitter and three to Facebook and Instagram.
Chandrasekhar said that the government’s policies aim to ensure an open, secure, reliable and responsible Internet for its users.
It said that the government notified the Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Codes of Ethics), 2021 (“IT Rules, 2021”) on February 25, 2021 to make intermediaries, including platforms of social networks, accountable to their users and improve user security. online.
“Neither the Information Technology (IT) Act of 2000 nor the rules mentioned above contravene users’ right to privacy,” Chandrasekhar said.
The Ministry of Electronics and IT (Meity) is also said to conduct compliance audits of social media companies every quarter.
Currently, social media platforms are required to disclose their compliance with IT Rules 2021 every month, where they disclose the actions 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 rules every quarter. As part of the audit, the ministry will check whether social media companies correctly report complaints that are reported.” they ask them and if the measures taken are in line with the established rules,” the source told PTI.
To tighten the noose on social media platforms, the government has proposed setting up an appeal panel that will have the power to overturn decisions made by social media companies regarding any complaints. The IT Ministry has concluded the public consultation process regarding the proposed standard.
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