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Center urges social media platforms to ‘verify user accounts’ under ITR 202

Under the Information Technology Rules 2021, the Narendra Modi administration has requested that social media platforms voluntarily verify user accounts and display visible verification marks on user profiles. Rajeev Chandrasekhar, the Union Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, responded to a question from the Rajya Sabha by stating that the government’s objectives are to “provide an open, secure, reliable and responsible to consumers”.

In response, he said that “the government is aware of the risk and danger posed by the expansion of the phenomena of misinformation, bots, crime and damage to users in general”.

According to a report by HT, the Center is debating a proposal to hold social media intermediaries like Facebook and Twitter “accountable” for dealing with illegal content and fake news. The administration has the power to “define new compliances not mentioned in the parent law”, and this is taken into consideration within the framework of the rules of the computer law which are suggested for revision.

On February 25, 2021, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology released the announcement of the new IT rules. The directive requires social media platforms to carry out thorough due diligence on content. The establishment of an official-supervised complaints procedure has also been mandated for social media sites to receive and respond to user concerns.

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