The Union Minister of State for Electronics & Information Technology, Rajeev Chandrashekhar, has defended the amendments to IT rules. The Minister of State for Electronics and Technology was addressing a Press Briefing a day after the Indian Government notified the new amendments in the Information Technology Amendment Rules, 2022.
The Union Minister of State for Electronics & Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar, said, “the new amended IT rules are the next step for govt. fulfilling its obligation to the “Digital Nagriks” of an open, safe, trusted, and accountable Internet”.
The MoS accused social media giants of the absence of the Grievance Redressal Mechanism in their organisations. He said, “the government had received millions of complaints from Internet users about their grievances not being addressed”.
As per a tweet by ANI, the MoS said, “Our mission is to make Internet open, safe&trusted. As per amended rules, the intermediary has to ensure that no unlawful content is posted online. The Internet can’t be a party to deliberate misinformation”.
Amendments to IT Rules
The Narendra Modi- led BJP government announced new guidelines on Friday. The amendments will ensure that complaints of social media users regarding the hosting of controversial content will be resolved by appellate panels.
As per the gazette notification by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, users can report pornography, false information, trademark infringements, objectionable religious content etc.
The Ministry of Electronics and IT will, in accordance with the most recent rules, set up one or more Grievance Appellate Committees within the next three months. It will hear appeals from users dissatisfied with the decisions made by the grievance officers of social media companies.
The Indian Government has often emphasised that social media companies cannot infringe upon the constitutional rights of individuals and that the Internet must be a secure and reliable environment where all platforms are accountable to users.