Govt finalising guidelines to hold social media platforms liable for unlawful content

The new norms will prevent these platforms from using end-to-end encryption as an excuse against weeding out harmful content

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Apr 11, 2020 10:34 AM
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The intermediary guidelines of Information Technology Act (IT) 2000, which holds social media firms responsible for the content on their platforms, has been amended, according to reports. The government will soon be announcing these changes.

Media reports quote senior government officials who informed that the law ministry has made minimal changes to draft amendments, which has been finalised by the Ministry of Electronics and IT. The approvals for the same are awaited, after which, the GOI will make official announcements.

The amendments have been made citing the need to put a greater responsibility on social media firms to curb the spread of unlawful content which has or can go viral. The new norms will also prevent platforms from using end-to-end encryption as an excuse to not weed out such harmful content.

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, many harmful videos responsible for spreading misinformation and communal hatred have been originating on content-creating platforms. This type of content is then shared on messaging apps, which cannot control its spread due to end-to-end encryption.

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