Online platforms in India must remove content flagged as fake or false by the central government’s fact-checking mechanisms, according to the revised draft amendments to the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) on Tuesday released the revised draft IT Rules days after introducing amendments related to online gaming companies. The ministry has invited feedback on the draft amendments by January 25.
The rules require all platforms acting as intermediaries between users and the Internet to ensure some due diligence while hosting content. These rules apply to social media intermediaries, significant social media intermediaries (with more than five million users), and online gaming intermediaries.
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