Centre wants fake news traced

WhatsApp, FB will be asked to remove ‘unlawful’ content under proposed rules The government has sought public comments on the proposed amendments to the IT Act that seek to make it mandatory for platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter to trace “originator” of “unlawful” information, while also removing such content within 24 hours after being notified. Within 24 hours As per the draft ‘The Information Technology [Intermediaries Guidelines (Amendment) Rules] 2018’ released on Monday, the intermediary after being notified by the appropriate authority should remove or disable access to unlawful content within 24 hours in the “interests of the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of the State, friendly relations with foreign States, public order, decency or morality, or in relation to contempt of court, defamation or incitement to an offence, on its computer resource without vitiating the evidence in any manner…” The intermediary is also expected to preserve such information and associated records for at least 180 days for investigation purposes as against 90 days now. Govt clarifies The government clarified that it does not regulate content appearing on social network platforms.“These social network platforms, though, are required to follow due diligence as provided in section 79 of the Information Technology Act 2000… and ensure that their platforms are not used to commit and provoke terrorism, extremism, violence and crime.”

Source  :  https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/centre-wants-fake-news-traced/article25823598.ece

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