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Around 1,460 news sites, 40 OTTs submit company details to Modi govt under new IT rules

I&B ministry had issued a public notice on 26 May as a first step towards implementing the new IT guidelines. Companies were given 15 days to comply.
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Twitter blocks 50 tweets on UP Muslim man assault amid tussle with Modi govt over new IT rules

Twitter indicates it received a request from a law enforcement agency, but did not specify any details. Tweets relate to the 5 June assault of a Muslim man whose beard was chopped off.

IT rules meant to empower social media users — India’s response to UNHRC concerns

New Delhi: Stating that new IT rules are "designed to empower ordinary users of social media", India on Sunday rejected apprehensions raised by the United Nation Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and said that new rules were finalised after broad consultations with various stakeholders. The Permanent Mission of India at the United Nations in its reply to the communication of the Special Procedures Branch of the United Nation Human Rights Council said India's democratic credentials are well recognised, according to an official statement issued by the IT ministry on Sunday. "The right to freedom of speech and expression is guaranteed under the Indian Constitution. The independent judiciary and a robust media are part of India's democratic structure," the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) statement said. The communication from United Nation Human Rights Council (UNHRC) special branch follows a stand-off between the micro-blogging platform Twitter and the government on compliance with new...

Twitter loses legal immunity in India over non-compliance with IT rules

Sources in the government confirmed that Twitter is now liable for action under IPC, as it failed to adhere to the IT rules and appoint key executives under the new guidelines.
Video grabs of 72-year-old Abdul Samad Saifi narrating his ordeal (centre) after being beaten up (right) and his beard was chopped off | Photo: Twitter

Twitter faces first FIR under new IT rules, journalists also booked over posts on Muslim man

The FIR accuses Twitter of inaction in removing the 'misleading' tweets that it says were posted with an intention to 'destroy communal harmony'.
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Twitter summoned by Shashi Tharoor-led Parliamentary panel on 18 June

The notice comes days after the Central govt issued 'one last notice' to Twitter asking it to comply with the new Information Technology rules.

Modi government refuses to exempt digital side of mainstream media from new IT rules

National Broadcasters Association wrote to I&B ministry, urging it to "exempt & exclude" traditional television news media & extended digital presence from the ambit of the IT Rules 2021.

Being a compliance officer at Twitter will be tough. IT rules should inspire trust, not fear

Under new rules, a compliance officer can be held liable in any proceedings related to third-party content, if she fails to ensure due diligence.
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Twitter blocks Punjabi singer JazzyB, 3 other accounts after receiving govt’s request

According to information published on Lumen database, Twitter received a legal request from the Indian government on 6 June seeking action on four accounts, including that of JazzyB.

Not just Modi govt’s tug-of-war with social media, balance of power shifting from users anyway

Whether it's Modi govt's new IT Rules or Twitter-Facebook-Whatsapp championing user privacy, both sides have sidelined users and claimed the ability to represent their rights.

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No, Virat Kohli needn’t imitate Ronaldo. He shows ‘more guts’ on and off the field

Whether it’s standing up for Steve Smith or breaking the mould of chauvinism over targeting of Anushka Sharma or giving up Pepsi contract, Virat Kohli has done it all.
Representational image | Modes of digital payments in India | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

How the pandemic can help make digital currencies truly global

We know that digital cash will be a direct claim on a central bank, just like its physical counterpart. But there the similarity ends.


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Army plans to buy 2,000 gun-towing vehicles to move medium guns on hilly & desert terrain 

The vehicles will replace the Kraz and Scania GTVs that are in use for the Russian-era 130 mm towed field guns and the Swedish Bofors guns respectively.

China’s Wuhan story unravels as world’s finest, including from India, nail Covid lab-leak proof

The global hunt for where the virus behind pandemic came from shows science, democracy and a sense of inquiry can overcome politics, ideology and omerta codes.