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Positive and Negative Aspects about the Information Technology Guidelines 2021: An Analysis

Written by: Aayushi Mishra

Introduction

In addition, the rules 2021 for the exercise of competencies provided for in section 87(2) of the Information Technology Act, 2000 and in the supersession of the Digital Media Act have been framed in the midst of increasing concerns over lack of transparency, responsibility, and rights of digital media users as well as after elaborate consultations with the public and stakeholders.

During the completion of these Rules, the Ministries of Electronics, IT, and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting both held extensive consultations with each other to ensure a harmonious, soft-touch monitoring mechanism for social media, digital media and OTT platforms, etc.

The Ministry of Electronics and IT administers Part-III of this Regulation, while the Minister of Information and Broadcasting administers Part-III of these Regulations relating to the Code of Ethics and procedures and safeguards in relation to digital media.

Background:

Digital India is now a movement that empowers the power of technology for common Indians. Many social media platforms have also expanded their footprint in India thanks to the extensive spread of mobile phones, the Internet etc. Common people also make very important use of these platforms. Some portals, which publish analyses about social media platforms and which have not been disputed, have reported the following numbers as the user base of major social media platforms in India:[1]

  • WhatsApp users: 53 Crore
  • YouTube users: 44.8 Crore
  • Facebook users: 41 Crore
  • Instagram users: 21 Crore
  • Twitter users: 1.75 Crore

These social platforms have enabled common Indians to demonstrate their creativity, pose questions, be informed, and freely share their points of view. As a key element of democracy, the government recognizes and respects all Indians’ right to criticize and disagree. The government welcomes social media companies to operate and do business in India and earn profits. Indian society is the world’s biggest open Internet society. Nevertheless, they must be responsible for India’s Constitution and laws.

The proliferation of social information gives citizens authority, on the one hand, and has led to major concerns and effects in recent years, on the other. These concerns have been expressed from time to time in different forums in different parts of the country, including in Parliament and its committees, the judicial authorities, and civil society debates. These concerns are also raised throughout the world and become a global issue

Late developments on social media platforms have been highly disturbing. Many media platforms were constantly spreading false news to create mechanisms of fact-checking. Rampant abuse of social media by sharing morphic images of females and porn content has often jeopardized women’s dignity. Misuse of social media in an undeniable way to settle corporate rivalry has become a major concern for companies. There are growing instances of abusive use of language, defamation, obscene content, and blatant disrespect for religious feelings………………………………………….. To Read Full Paper Click on the download button below.

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