The Information and Broadcasting Ministry on Saturday clarified that the availability within the new digital media tips to dam web content material in a case of emergency nature has been round as a rule since 2009 and was not not too long ago introduced.
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Certain misgivings are being raised relating to Rule 16 underneath Part III of the rules which point out that in a case of emergency nature, interim blocking instructions could also be issued by the secretary, ministry of data and broadcasting, a ministry assertion stated.
‘It is hereby clarified that this isn’t a new provision. For the previous eleven years, since 2009, this provision has been exercised by the secretary, ministry of electronics and IT underneath the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking for Access of Information by Public) Rules, 2009,’ it stated.
Under the principles issued on February 25, this provision has solely been changed with secretary, ministry of I&B as a result of Part III of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 can be administered by the I&B ministry, the assertion stated.
‘It is reiterated — no change in provision has been made nor any new provision has been added on blocking of content material underneath Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021,’ the I&B ministry stated.
The authorities on Thursday had stated a ‘code of ethics’ and three-tier grievance redressal mechanism can be relevant for information publishers, over-the-top (OTT) platforms and digital media.
The Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 had been introduced at a joint press convention right here by I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad earlier this week.