Govt to assist citizens in filing FIRs against social media platforms, says Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar | India News


The Union government will enable citizens to file First Information Reports (FIRs) against social media platforms for violating IT rules, Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar said on Friday.

In case citizens are aggrieved by objectionable and misleading content on social media, such as deepfakes, they will now be able to notify authorities about the same on a specialised platform developed by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity).

“Meity will assist users to very easily notify it about violation of IT rules and assist them in filing FIRs,” Chandrasekhar said. He was addressing the media after a meeting with social media platforms.

The FIR will be registered against the intermediary and if they disclose the details from where the content has originated then the FIR will be filed against the entity that has posted the content, according to the minister.

“From today onwards there is zero tolerance for violation of IT rules,” he added. He also said that social media platforms have been given seven days to align their terms of use as per IT rules.


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