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Government issues 105 blocking orders to social media firms under new IT rules



The government has issued 105 instructions to social media platforms.

New Delhi:

The government has issued 105 guidelines to social media platforms under the new IT rules that came into force in February last year, Parliament was informed on Friday.

According to information shared by Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajiv Chandrashekhar in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, the directions under the new rules were issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

Data shared by the minister shows that 94 instructions were issued to YouTube between December 2021 and April 2022, five to Twitter and three each to Facebook and Instagram.

Shri Chandrashekhar said that the policies of the government are aimed at ensuring open, secure and reliable and accountable internet for its users.

He said that the government has issued the Information Technology (Intermediate Guidelines and Digital Media Code of Conduct) Rules, 2021 (“IT Rules, 2021”) on February 25, 2021, to make intermediaries including social media platforms accountable to their users and enhance user safety. has been notified. online.

“Neither the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000 nor the above rules violate the right to privacy of the users,” Chandrashekhar said. PTI PRS HVA

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