IT rules 2021 empowering, protecting users, asserts Ashwini Vaishnaw

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IT and communications minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Sunday said the new information technology rules are empowering and protecting users.


He added that the new IT rules will ensure a safer and more responsible social media ecosystem in India.





“Reviewed the implementation and compliance of Information Technology Rules, 2021 along side my colleague Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar ji. These guidelines are empowering and protecting users and will ensure a safer and responsible social media ecosystem in India,” Vaishnaw said in a post on Twitter’s Indian competitor Koo platform.


The new rules which came into effect from May 25 mandate social media companies to set up a grievance redressal mechanism for resolving complaints from the users or sufferers.


All remarkable social media companies, with over 5 million user base shall nominate a grievance officer to handle such complaints and share the name and contact details of such officers.


The big social media companies are mandated to nominate a chief compliance officer, a Nodal Contact Person and a resident grievance officer. All of them will have to be a resident in India.


Twitter, which had been in the eye of the storm over its alleged failure to conform with the new IT rules in India, has named Vinay Prakash as its Resident Grievance Officer for India, according to the company’s website.


Alternatively, Facebook-owned Whatsapp has challenged the new IT rules for social media intermediaries requiring the messaging app to hint chats and make provisions to identify the first originator of information, saying they violate the correct to privacy and are unconstitutional.


Whatsapp further alleged the requirement of intermediaries enabling the identification of the first originator of information in India upon government or court order puts end-to-end encryption and its benefits at risk.


One of the most media houses have also challenged the new IT rules and the matter is sub-judice.

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