MeitY dramatically altered the proposal’s scope on Tuesday when it released a revised draft of revisions to the Information Technology Rules, 2021, to include rules for online gambling platforms.
Pakyong, 18 Jan: According to a draft proposal from the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY), any news item that has been labeled as “false” by the Press Information Bureau’s fact-checking division will not be permitted on internet intermediaries, including social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.
MeitY dramatically altered the proposal’s scope on Tuesday when it released a revised draft of revisions to the Information Technology Rules, 2021, to include rules for online gambling platforms. Members of civil society are frightened by the proposal because they worry that whatever the government disagrees with could lead to the removal of content.
The stipulation has been added to the list of standards for due diligence that intermediaries must adhere to in order to receive safe harbor, or legal protection from liability for any third-party content they host. Users can access services on the internet through intermediaries, and the proposed rule changes mean that not only social media platforms but also internet service providers and web hosting providers, who are all currently categorized as intermediaries, will need to abide by the rules if notified with this provision.
The draft states that intermediaries will be required to ensure that their content is not flagged as fake by PIB or any other government-approved body. Beyond intermediaries, it would apply to every component of the technology stack, such as hosting and internet service providers, according to…