“All social media platforms have to abide by Indian laws. The new rules, announced today, will further empower social media users by institutionalizing the redressal mechanism and ensuring the resolution of their grievances”, said the Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
Applauding Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Prakash Javadekar for their announcement of the Information Technology (IntermediaryGuidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021, Amit Shah said “Modi government is committed to providing a level playing field for all digital media and OTT platforms. The Code of Ethics and 3 tier self-regulation for digital media is welcome. I congratulate Shri Narendra Modi Ji and Prakash Javadekar Ji for these much-needed rules.
Amidst growing concerns around lack of transparency, accountability and rights of users related to digital media and after elaborate consultation with the public and stakeholders, the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021 were framed in exercise of powers under section 87 (2) of the Information Technology Act, 2000 and in supersession of the earlier Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules 2011.
While finalizing these Rules, both the Ministries of Electronics and Information Technology and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting undertook elaborate consultations among themselves in order to have a harmonious, soft-touch oversight mechanism in relation to social media platforms as well as digital media and OTT platforms etc.