SSMI: Social media firms need to enable voluntary verification of users: MoS IT

Social media platforms are required to enable customers to voluntarily confirm their accounts and supply them with seen marks of verification, Parliament was knowledgeable on Friday. Minister of state for electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha stated the federal government is conscious of the danger and hazard posed by rising phenomena of misinformation, bots, criminality and customers’ hurt generally.

He stated that to guarantee an open, protected and trusted and accountable web for its customers, the federal government has notified the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines And DigitalMedia Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 (“IT Rules 2021”).

“As per the rule 4(7) of the stated Rules, the numerous social media intermediaries shall enable customers to voluntarily confirm their accounts and such customers’ accounts shall be supplied with seen marks of verification,” Chandrasekhar stated.

In response to a separate query on steps taken by the federal government to defend our on-line world within the nation from anonymity and abuse thereof, the minister stated for the needs of prevention, detection, investigation, prosecution or punishment of an offence associated to the sovereignty and integrity of India, safety of the state and so on, the brand new IT guidelines present for identification of the primary originator of the data on vital social media middleman (SSMI) primarily offering messaging service.

“CERT-In has additionally issued instructions beneath the provisions of sub-section (6) of part 70B of the IT Act, 2000 which cowl features relating to subscriber/buyer registrations particulars by information centres, Virtual Private Server (VPS) suppliers, VPN Service suppliers, and so on,” Chandrasekhar stated.

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