The Center currently has no plan to block a social media platform
The government regularly interacts with social media companies on issues such as the accountability of these platforms and user safety, and there are currently no plans to block any social media platforms in the country, has been informed Parliament on Thursday.
While some users abuse social media platforms to create hatred and malice among the people of the country, no social media platform or other intermediary can destroy Indian democracy, said the Minister of State. to Electronics and Computers Rajeev Chandrasekhar in a written response to a question to the Rajya Sabha.
“At present, the government does not intend to block social media platforms in the country,” he added.
The minister said the government receives various user grievances regarding hateful content on social media platforms and responds appropriately.
The government regularly interacts with social media intermediaries on various issues, including issuing notices to make these intermediaries safe and accountable to users, he added.
“Indian democracy has its foundation in its Constitution and fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution for every citizen. No social media platform or any other intermediary can destroy our democracy,” Chandrasekhar said.
He said that under the provisions of Section 69A of the Information Technology Act 2000, the government blocks malicious content online, in the interests of the sovereignty and integrity of the ‘India, defense of India, state security, friendly relations with foreign states or orders.
In response to a question whether the government is proposing to regularize social media in the country, Chandrasekhar said the policies are aimed at ensuring a fair, open and trustworthy internet.
“Government policies aim to ensure that a free, fair, open and reliable internet and intermediaries are allowed to operate in the country as long as they comply with applicable laws, including the Information Technology Act 2000. (IT) and the rules, ”he said.
Chandrasekhar said the Ministry of Electronics and Informatics invoked the provisions of Section 69A of the Computer Law to block certain applications in accordance with the due process specified in the 2009 Computer Technology Rule. information (procedure and guarantees for blocking access to information by the public).
The government has made efforts to put in place a favorable and investor-friendly political environment in the country, he added.
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