Government finalizes rules to force social media companies to eliminate child sexual abuse and terrorism content

New Delhi, December 5 () The government said Thursday that it is working on rules to force social media companies to identify and eliminate child sexual abuse material, rape images and content that promotes terrorism without affecting privacy.

The Minister of Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad, told Rajya Sabha that the government has invited public comments on its draft amendments to the Intermediate Rules 2011 and has received public input on it.

The amendments, among other things, propose that intermediaries proactively identify and eliminate child sexual abuse material, group rape/rape images and content that promotes terrorism without compromising accuracy or privacy using tools and mechanisms based In technology The rules are currently being finalized, Prasad added. said.

He said the Information Technology (IT) Act of 2000 has adequate provisions for the removal of objectionable online content.

Social media platforms are intermediaries as defined in the Law, said the minister. He said that Section 69A of the IT Law of 2000 empowers the government to block any information generated, transmitted, received, stored or housed in any computer resource in the interest of the sovereignty and integrity of India, the defense of India, the State security, friendly relations with foreign states or public order or to prevent incitement to commit any recognizable offense related to the foregoing. PRS HRS

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