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Govt to bring Legal Changes for Social Media Accountability

Published on June 19, 2022
Current Context: Union Minister IT and Communications Ashwini Vaishnav has assured that the government will bring legal changes and regulations needed to make social media platforms more accountable.
Govt to bring Legal Changes for Social Media Accountability
  • Nowadays social media and the digital world need to be made more accountable, as they play a very important role in each and every citizen of India as they bring powerful and transformative changes.
  • Through this govt wanted to create a trend that social media needs to be made accountable.
  • Earlier in June 2022, the IT Ministry circulated the new draft rules that to hear user appeals against inaction on complaints made, or against content-related decisions taken by grievance officers of social media platforms.
  • According to the rule, social media platforms remove any content flagged by authorities within stipulated timelines and set up a robust complaint redressal mechanism with an officer being based in the country.
  • Social media companies who are having 50 lakh users or more have to publish a monthly compliance report disclosing details of complaints received and action taken.

Question:

Q.1 Which of the following ministry is responsible for issuing regulations for social media platforms?
a. Ministry of Information Technology
b. Ministry of Defence
c. Ministry of Women & Child Development
d. Ministry of Social Justice & Empower
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