The government has issued 105 directives for social media platforms. (Representative image)
New Delhi: Parliament was informed on Friday that the government has issued 105 directives on social media platforms under the new IT rules that came into force in February last year.
According to the information shared by Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has issued these instructions as per the new rules.
Data shared by the minister shows that between December 2021 and April 2022, 94 directives were issued to block content on YouTube, five to Twitter and three each to Facebook and Instagram.
Chandrasekhar said the government’s policies are aimed at ensuring an open, secure and reliable and responsible internet for its users. He said the government notified the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Code of Conduct) Rules, 2021 (“IT Rules, 2021”) on February 25, 2021 to make intermediaries including social media platforms accountable to their users and enhance user security. Online.
“Neither the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000 nor the above rules violate the right of users to privacy,” said Chandrasekhar.
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