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Abuse of social media

Abuse of social media The warning by the Bihar police of legal action being taken against users of social media for “offensive” posts targeting the government, its Ministers and officials, betrays both hypersensitivity and ignorance of the law. It represents an unacceptable combination of low tolerance for criticism and a zeal to cow down the public. The Economic Offences Wing, which also deals with cyber-crime, has sent a circular to the department secretaries that

Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021

IT Rules 2021 and analysis The Kerala High Court restrained the Centre from taking coercive action against Live Law Media Private Ltd., which owns a legal news portal, for not complying with Part III of the new IT (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021. The court issued notice to the Centre on a petition filed by the firm challenging the rules regulating digital news media, curated content (OTT platforms), and social media intermediaries. The petition s

Google removed 59,350 posts in April due to IT Rules, 2021

Google removed 59,350 posts in April due to IT Rules, 2021 IT Rules 2021 and analysis The Kerala High Court restrained the Centre from taking coercive action against Live Law Media Private Ltd., which owns a legal news portal, for not complying with Part III of the new IT (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021. The court issued notice to the Centre on a petition filed by the firm challenging the rules regulating digital news media, curated content (OTT

Section 66A of IT Act is still used!

Section 66A of the IT Act is still used! Section 66A dealt with information-related crimes in which sending information, by means of a computer resource or a communication device, which is inter alia offensive, derogatory and menacing is made a punishable offence. In Shreya Singhal v. Union of India judgement, Justices Rohinton F. Nariman and J. Chelameswar observed that the weakness of Section 66A lay in the fact that it had created an offence on the basis of undefined actions: su

MHA requested States and UTs not to use Section 66A of IT Act, 2000

MHA requested States and UTs not to use Section 66A of IT Act, 2000 The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has requested States and Union Territories (UTs)to direct all police stations under their jurisdiction not to register cases under the repealed Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000. It has also asked the States and UTs to sensitize law enforcement agencies for the compliance of the order issued by the Supreme Court on 24.03.2015. The MHA has also requested

Section 66A of IT Act issue

Section 66A of IT Act is still used! Section 66A dealt with information-related crimes in which sending information, by means of a computer resource or a communication device, which is inter alia offensive, derogatory and menacing is made a punishable offence. In Shreya Singhal v. Union of India judgement, Justices Rohinton F. Nariman and J. Chelameswar had observed that the weakness of Section 66A lay in the fact that it had created an offence on the basis of undefined actions: such

IT Rules 2021 for Social Media & OTT Platforms

IT Rules 2021 for Social Media & OTT Platforms Introduction The government has notified guidelines to provide a grievance redressal mechanism for users of digital platforms of all kinds — social media sites, messaging apps, over-the-top (OTT) streaming services, and digital news publishers. The Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 also mandate that social media and messaging platforms will have to adhere to new req

SECTION 69A OF THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ACT

SECTION 69A OF THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ACT Twitter moved the Karnataka high court seeking to set aside multiple orders of the central government as well as to change their directions to identify specific violative content and then impose a blanket ban on an individual account. Current issue Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology issued an order to take down certain posts from Twitter under section 69A of the IT Act as the company has failed to comply with the directi

Grievance Appellate Committee

Grievance Appellate Committee Under the recently updated Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, (IT Rules, 2021) the Center recently created three grievance appellate committees. Goal: Safety and trust of every Digital Nagrik Strong complaints process to ensure that all Internet platforms providing a service or good are held accountable About Grievance Appellate Committee (GAC): The Ministry of Electronics and IT anno

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