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Published by: Jeet kumar
Updated Wed, Nov 17 2021 04:19 AM IST
The Supreme Court has also ordered that guidelines be established to curb the spread of child pornography, images, rape and gang rape videos, and sites offering such obscene material.
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Defending the validity of the new 2021 TI rules, in a new affidavit filed in the Delhi High Court, the government said, the new rules will create a mechanism to crack down on counterfeiting and incitement to heinous crimes. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said concerns regarding the safety of users, especially women and children, were high.
The Delhi High Court had requested the government’s response to a petition challenging the new information technology rules as unconstitutional and unconstitutional. The Center had notified the 2021 Information Technology Rules (Guidelines for intermediaries and Code of conduct for digital media) in February. In this, many responsibilities were imposed on online institutions. These include the immediate removal of any controversial material, the appointment of complaint redress officers, and assistance in investigations.
Defender Uday Bedi, in his plea, argued that the new TI rules seriously ignore the fundamental rights of freedom of expression and privacy of users of social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Instagram and Twitter. They argued that social media platforms should not have the right to remove content based on the complaint.
Responsibility of social media platforms corrected
The Center said that the liability of social media platforms has been solved through the new rules. You can no longer shy away from controversial, obscene, or disturbing content displayed on your platform. In such cases, they must remove such content within 24 hours and act immediately. Along with this, full help should be provided to the victim. Provisions have also been made in the new rules to remove illegal content from the Internet.