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What is your take on the new IT Rules for social media?
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VAAARIDHI JAIN
Jun 01, 2021
In recent times, the social media platforms are used by almost everyone around us. The massive exchange of information has also given rise to sharing of obscene and abusive content which can be found in the form of either written comments or any other means possible. Not only this, false information spreads through online platforms like a wildfire, unlike which the hearsay and fake news are almost impossible to be eliminated. Even when false they tend to cause a lot of damage to an individual or an organisation concerned with such news/ information. Today’s youth who amongst all the generations have the strongest social media presence, rely on the information provided on social media which is almost always biased towards ones side as it merely shows the opinion towards the topic at hand. The incomplete knowledge of the situation is not considered by the others which brings them to react irrationally against the society and sometimes the government. In order to deal with the privacy issues and in order to restrict the sharing of content which is abusive, false, defamatory and obscene in nature Section 79 of the IT Act has removed the protection from the intermediaries. This is a necessary step in order to determine the originator of a content which contains information, enough to bring a legal action against such originator. The Section does not take away the protection altogether, however in my opinion, it just acts as a warning and provides restriction to the intermediaries and their supervisors to keep in check the quality and nature of the content being posted. This cannot be considered a hindrance to the Right to Speech and Expression under Article 19(1)(a) of the COI as it does not violate the purpose of communicating freely, it only marks boundaries to speak what is socially appropriate which would not cause chaos in future.
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What is your take on the new IT Rules for social media?
In Questions & Answers
VAAARIDHI JAIN
Jun 01, 2021
In recent times, the social media platforms are used by almost everyone around us. The massive exchange of information has also given rise to sharing of obscene and abusive content which can be found in the form of either written comments or any other means possible. Not only this, false information spreads through online platforms like a wildfire, unlike which the hearsay and fake news are almost impossible to be eliminated. Even if they are false, they cause a lot of damage to an individual or an organisation. Today’s youth who amongst all the generations have the strongest social media presence, rely on the information provided on social media which is almost always biased towards ones side as it merely shows the opinion towards the issue at hand. The incomplete knowledge of the situation is not considered by the others which brings them to react irrationally against the society and sometimes the government. In order to deal with the privacy issues and in order to restrict the sharing of content which is abusive, false, defamatory and obscene in nature Section 79 of the IT Act has removed the protection from the intermediaries. This is a necessary step in order to determine the originator of a content which contains information, enough to bring a legal action against such originator. The Section does not take away the protection altogether, however in my opinion, it just acts as a warning, and as a restriction towards controversial topics for the intermediaries and their supervisors so they could keep in check the quality and nature of the content being posted. This cannot be considered a hindrance to the Right to Speech and Expression under Article 19(1)(a) of the COI as it does not violates the purpose of communicating freely, it only marks boundaries to speak what is socially appropriate which would not cause chaos in future.
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