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There are lot of confusions
going on relating to the newly introduced ITRules2021 which has come on 25th
February, 2021 and since 25th May, 2021 there are lot of gossips and
fake news going on and the questions before the people of India at large are:
Whether Facebook, Twitter,
WhatsApp etc. social medias going to be banned?
Whether our private call, chat
etc. data are read secretly without our permission?
What is there in IT Rules,2021
or Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines And Digital Media Ethics
Code) Rules, 2021?
As per Press Information
Bureau, Government of India, we find the following
The Users of various
significant social medias: -
• WhatsApp users:
YouTube users: 44.8 Crore
Facebook users: 41 Crore
Instagram users: 21 Crore
Twitter users: 1.75 Crore
RECENT CASES –
In one recent case i.e. FACEBOOK INC. VERSUS UNION OF INDIA &
ORS., the issue relating to how and in what manner the intermediaries
should provide information including the names of the originators of any
message/content/information shared on the platforms run by these intermediaries
of end-to-end encrypting chat-messengers who are to provide data in time of
investigation etc. were raised and the question of any Rule to that effect was also
The Central Government introduced Information Technology
(Intermediary Guidelines And Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 due to –
Ø Large scale proliferation of social media
by empowering the citizens and simultaneously rise of serious concerns and
consequences which have grown manifold in recent years.
Ø Continuous spreading of fake news, abuse
of social media in many ways attacking women by way of revenge porn, rivalries
in abusive language, defamatory and obscene contents and blatant disrespect to
Ø Skyrocketing misuse of social media by
criminals, anti-national elements.
Ø Lack of control on OTT platforms, web