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IT Rules of 2021 Are Here to Stay, Minister Says: Report

The administration is not considering a new public consultation or rolling back the IT Rules 2021, Parliament was informed on Friday.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology notified IT (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 on February 25, 2021, to maintain an open, safe, and trustworthy Internet for users and to keep up with changing requirements.

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The Government is not considering a new public consultation or repealing the IT Rules, 2021, according to Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.

He was replying to specific concerns about whether the administration intends to repeal the IT Rules, 2021, or whether it intends to have additional public consultations on the stated rules.

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The IT Rules empower intermediary users and hold social media platforms accountable for user safety.

The regulations establish a time-bound and effective grievance redressal system.

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It also allows for the “rapid removal of any content that appears to be similar to any material that exposes such individual’s private area, shows such individual in full or partial nudity, or shows or depicts such individual in any sexual act or conduct, or is similar to impersonation in an electronic form, including artificially morphed images…”

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