Amended interim guidelines to protect users online: IT Minister

PTI, October 29, 2022, 09:37 IST

IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said on Friday that the latest amendment to the interim guidelines focused on protecting users online.

The comment came as the government notified new rules under which it will set up appeal boards to settle any grievances users may have against decisions by social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook on hosting disputed content.

The three-member grievance appeal committee(s) will be set up in three months, according to the gazette notification published on Friday.

Shortly after being notified of the changes to the IT Rules, Vaishnaw said: “The purpose of the amendment to the Intermediate Guidelines is the protection of users online. “The law of the land is supreme. intermediary to ensure the accessibility of its services to all users and uphold their rights under the Constitution of India,” he noted.

According to the latest amendments, appeal boards will be able to review content moderation and other decisions of social media companies such as Meta and Twitter. “The central government shall, by notification, establish one or more grievance appeal committees within three months from the date of entry into force of the information technology amendment rules (guidelines for intermediaries and code of Digital Media Ethics), 2022,” the notification reads.

Each grievance appeal committee will consist of a chairperson and two full-time members appointed by central government, one of whom will be an ex-officio member and two will be independent members.

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