Union Government Issues Advisory to Social Media Intermediaries

Centre today issued an advisory to the significant social media intermediaries to:

  1. Ensure that due diligence is exercised and reasonable efforts are made to identify misinformation and deep fakes, and in particular, information that violates the provisions of rules and regulations and/or user agreements and
  2. Such cases are expeditiously actioned against, well within the timeframes stipulated under the IT Rules 2021, and
  3. Users are caused not to host such information/content/Deep Fakes and
  4. Remove any such content when reported within 36 hours of such reporting and
  5. Ensure expeditious action, well within the timeframes stipulated under the IT Rules 2021, and disable access to the content/information.
  • Issued by Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY). 
  • Second advisory within the last six months, calling upon online platforms to take decisive actions against the spread of deep fakes. 
  • Deepfakes are a major violation and harm women in particular. 
  • It is a legal obligation for online platforms to prevent the spread of misinformation by any user under the Information Technology (IT) rules, 2021. 
  • They are mandated to remove such content within 36 hours upon receiving a report from either a user or government authority. 
  • Failure to comply with this requirement invokes Rule 7, which empowers aggrieved individuals to take platforms to court under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
  • And could render the organisation liable for losing the protection available under Section 79(1) of the Information Technology Act, 2000.
  • Union Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship and Electronics & IT Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar said, to file First Information Reports (FIRs) at your nearest police station and avail the remedies provided under the Information Technology (IT) rules, 2021.”
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