There are no proposals in the government’s consideration to hold new public consultations or take back the IT Rules 2021, Parliament was informed on Friday.
To ensure the Internet is open, safe and reliable for users and in line with changing needs, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has announced the IT Regulations (Digital Media Intermediary Guidelines and Code of Ethics), 2021 on 25 February 2021.
“No such proposal is being considered by the Government to elect a new public consultation or take back the IT Regulations, 2021,” Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
He answered specific questions on whether the government plans to repeal the IT Regulations, 2021 or if it plans to open new public consultations on the norm.
IT regulation empowers intermediary users and makes social media platforms responsible for user safety.
The rules provide a time -bound and robust grievance resolution mechanism.
It also provides for “Immediate removal of any prima facie content such as any material that exposes the personal area of the individual, shows the individual in full or partial nudity or shows or depicts the individual in any sexual act or conduct, or such as impersonation in electronic forms, including artificially modified images … “