IT minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Saturday mentioned there’s a clear consensus within the nation on making social media platforms extra accountable, and warranted that the federal government will deliver authorized modifications and rules wanted to take action.
Web on cell phones and social media platforms have introduced highly effective and transformative modifications, nevertheless it should include realisation of tasks, the minister mentioned emphasising that social media and digital world must be made extra accountable.
“No matter authorized modifications are required, we are going to do. Inside media teams, the self-regulation wanted…self regulation can be completed…however whereever wanted, we are going to take all steps to make social media extra accountable,” Vaishnaw mentioned talking at ‘TV9 What India Thinks As we speak World Summit’.
Be it within the Parliament or exterior, there’s a clear consensus within the nation that making social media accountable is crucial, Vaishnaw mentioned.
“For those who see globally too, there’s a clear pattern that social media must be made accountable. It’s the identical in India. As I’ve mentioned, authorized steps will even be taken,” the minister mentioned.
No business needs rules, Vaishnaw mentioned including, “however bringing regulation the place wanted, and to the extent wanted, is authorities’s duty, and we are going to deliver (it)”.
The feedback assume significance as the federal government prepares to finalise new social media guidelines that suggest to offer customers a grievance enchantment mechanism in opposition to arbitrary content material moderation, inaction, or takedown choices of huge tech corporations resembling Twitter and Fb.
Earlier this month, IT ministry circulated the brand new draft guidelines that proposes a authorities panel to listen to consumer appeals in opposition to inaction on complaints made, or in opposition to content-related choices taken by grievance officers of social media platforms. At current, “there isn’t any appellate mechanism offered by intermediaries neither is there any credible self-regulatory mechanism in place”, the IT ministry had mentioned.
The federal government expects to finalise new social media guidelines earlier than July-end after in depth consultations. The draft modification is broadly anticipated to be opposed by the massive tech platforms through the session course of.
Social media corporations resembling Twitter, Fb and WhatsApp have drawn regulatory warmth previously on points resembling hate speech, dangerous content material and misinformation on their platforms.
There’s additionally brewing discontent amongst a piece of customers who allege that digital platforms have been indulging in arbitrary acts in taking down content material.
Authorities has made it clear that no social media firm can undermine the constitutional rights of residents, and web should be a protected and trusted place with all platforms accountable to their customers.
India enforced new IT middleman guidelines final yr, aiming to deliver higher accountability for large tech corporations, together with Twitter and Fb.
The foundations require social media platforms to take away any content material flagged by authorities inside stipulated timelines, and arrange a sturdy criticism redressal mechanism with an officer being based mostly within the nation. Social media corporations are required to take down posts depicting nudity or morphed pictures inside 24 hours of receiving a criticism.
Giant social media corporations — these with 50 lakh customers or extra — additionally need to publish a month-to-month compliance report disclosing particulars of complaints obtained and motion taken, as additionally the contents eliminated proactively.
On the problem of cyber security and cases of websites being hacked, Vaishnaw mentioned that cyber-warfare has change into a actuality, necessitating the necessity for robust cyber military and cyber safety measures.
The federal government is taking a scientific strategy to cyber safety and has developed establishments able to leveraging superior applied sciences for defensive and offensive techniques and for speedy response.
“India ranks amongst prime 10 globally in cyber safety preparedness. We’ll consolidate on this additional,” Vaishnaw promised as he noticed that Indian startups are creating world-class merchandise on this enviornment.
Customers of digital applied sciences too want to concentrate on their tasks and have to take security-related elements with utmost seriousness.
On semiconductors, Vaishnaw mentioned that following a coverage push by the federal government on chip manufacturing, India is taking speedy strides and by 2022-end the primary settlement and know-how switch for this can be a actuality.
“I just lately met president and CEO of Belgium-headquartered IMEC, which works on superior semiconductor know-how, and there’s absolute dedication in the direction of India,” the minister mentioned.
He exuded confidence that India will emerge as a big and trusted provider of chips for the world, within the coming years.
Manufacturing of semiconductors in India, will propel electronics business, create new jobs and and usher aggressive costs.
“Within the subsequent 4-5 years, employment alternatives in electronics manufacturing will enhance to 1 crore from the present 25 lakh…we’re working on this route,” he mentioned.
In December final yr, the federal government accredited a Rs 76,000-crore coverage enhance for semiconductor and show manufacturing ecosystem within the nation, in an bid to place India as a worldwide hub for hi-tech manufacturing. PTI MBI HVA