Thursday, 18 August, 2022
TopicIT Rules

Topic: IT Rules

Don’t leave regulation in hands of social media platforms. Govt must re-evaluate its role

It can hardly be expected of social media platforms to design self-regulatory mechanisms that encourage them being held liable and penalised for their decisions.

‘Singled out by govt’ — Twitter users could ‘jointly approach court’ as posts, handles blocked

Twitter ‘withheld’ more than 80 tweets and handles Sunday night after receiving orders from Union govt. Affected users include journalist Rana Ayyub and Sikh activist Amaan Bali.

Panel for appeals & deadline to remove content — govt proposes tweaks to close ‘gaps’ in IT rules

From ‘more effective grievance redressal’ to stricter deadlines for responding to complaints, proposed amendments to IT Rules 2021 seek to make tech giants more ‘accountable’.

Madras HC restrains Modi govt from taking coercive action under new IT rules

The two-judge bench granted the injunction when a new PIL came up for hearing Monday from Indian Broadcasters & Digital Media Foundation challenging the new IT rules' provisions.

Parliamentary panel recommends new regulator to oversee Facebook, Twitter

The high-level committee is asking for tighter rules because current laws treating social media platforms as intermediaries have not done enough in terms of regulation.

Some delay in adopting IT rules OK, ‘averse’ to suing social media firms: Minister Chandrasekhar

MoS for Electronics & IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar was addressing an event where the ministry launched an explainer on the controversial IT rules.

‘Tech difficulties can’t be an excuse to refuse compliance’: Modi govt defends IT rules in HC

In an affidavit filed in reply to WhatsApp’s plea, the Centre said platforms monetise users’ data for commercial purposes & are not legally entitled to claim that it protects privacy.

2 HCs stay provisions of IT Rules: What this means for Netflix, Amazon, digital news media

Madras HC and Bombay HC stayed two provisions of Rule 9 of the IT guidelines, stating that prima facie they appeared to infringe on the right to freedom of speech and expression.

‘May rob print & electronic media’s independence’ — Madras HC stays 2 sub-clauses of IT Rules

The order is similar to the one passed by the Bombay High Court, relating to the new IT Rules last month, which held that 'dissent' was vital for democracy.

New IT rules seek to prevent fake news, misuse of freedom of press: Modi govt to Delhi HC

Centre, in its counter affidavit on the new IT rules, asserted that digital media allows sensational content being re-circulated in a different context leading to misinterpretation.

On Camera


Bihar Chief minister Nitish Kumar with Deputy CM Tejaswi Yadav | ANI File Photo

Operation Lantern fails to light up in Bihar. And BJP in search of a Brahmin face in UP

The no-fuss change of government in Bihar, without horse-trading or MLAs in resorts, has prompted a coalition partner to request the CM to make arrangements for a trip to a hill station.
Farmers plant paddy saplings in a field | PTI Photo

Good news from the farm as India’s FY22 foodgrain production estimated at record 316 mn tonnes

Wheat production estimate sees marginal upward revision to 106.8 million tons, though current rate lowest in 3 years.


(From left) Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, US Secretary of Defence Lloyd J. Austin and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken after the India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue, in Washington, 12 April, 2022 | Credit: ANI Photo/ PIB

USAF secy needs Pentagon escort but Indian attaché doesn’t — that’s how deep India-US ties are

Frank Kendall, Secretary of the US Air Force, says the unescorted access to Pentagon for Indian defence attaché 'is aligned with the trust and cooperation we share'.
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Tiranga vs Tiranga: Gloves are off as Kejriwal joins the ‘nationalism’ battle with Modi

Kejriwal’s maun vrat on Modi has ended. This is an important turn in Indian politics. In some ways rivalling the dramatic turn in Bihar.