The government told Lok Sabha on Wednesday that there was no proposal to appoint a social media regulator.

Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Communications, Electronics and Information Technology Alliance, said in a written reply that social media should not be abused or abused to slander, incite terrorism, rampant violence and harm women. Dignity.

He said that social media platforms are required to develop a robust grievance resolution system.

“Social media platforms, for the user-generated content provided on their platforms, are intermediary agencies as defined in the Information Technology Act of 2000. Article 79 of the law stipulates that intermediary agencies shall comply with certain due diligence principles and exempt Responsibilities of intermediary agencies. After notification by the relevant government or its agency or through a court order, illegal content related to Article 19, paragraph 2 of the Constitution must be prohibited/removed.”

The minister stated that in order to provide enhanced user security and accountability for social media platforms, the government issued the “Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics) Rules 2021” in accordance with the bill, which stipulates that the rules should be followed. The due diligence of all intermediaries, including social media intermediaries.

He said: “It requires the use of social media platforms to establish a robust grievance system. At present, the Ministry of Electronic Information Technology has not proposed to appoint a social media supervisor.” In order to protect India’s sovereignty and integrity, to defend India, national security, and friendship with foreign countries Relations or public order, or in order to prevent incitement of any identifiable crime, provides relevant content in accordance with the provisions of the Information Technology Law of 2000.

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He said: “According to this regulation, by 2020, 9,849 URLs/accounts/webpages mainly on social media platforms have been blocked.”

Prasad said that the government values ​​freedom of speech and speech, which is a basic right stipulated in Article 19 (1) of the Constitution.

“The government welcomes criticism, dissent, and people’s right to ask questions on social media. However, it must be admitted that the basic rights of speech and expression under Article 19(1) are also reasonably restricted under Article 19. (2) ) The Constitution. It is also important not to abuse or abuse social media for defamation, incitement to terrorism, rampant violence and damage to women’s dignity,” Prasad said.


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