IT Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar on Saturday stated whereas social media norms require platforms to take away unlawful content material inside 72 hours of being flagged, he feels the timelines are “too long” and platforms ought to takedown such content material “as fast as possible”.
Chandrasekhar stated the IT Ministry had been eager on prescribing a 24-hour timeline for elimination of unlawful content material (as specified underneath guidelines) provided that “virality and velocity” of misinformation tends to be a lot larger, however then lastly settled for 72 hours after huge consultations.
“Frankly I am of the opinion that 72 hours is too long…it was 24 hours during consultation, but it was widely felt that this is still early days and let us keep it at 72 hours and then progressively as the platforms gain capacity and capability, we will create a shorter window,” the minister stated.
His message to social media platforms: “Letter of IT rules says 72 hours but the spirit should be as fast as possible”.
The complaints round unlawful content material might vary from baby sexual abuse materials to nudity to trademark and patent infringements, misinformation, impersonation of one other individual, content material threatening the unity and integrity of the nation in addition to “obectionable” content material that promotes “enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion or caste with the intent to incite violence”.
The foundations present for social media platforms to take down sure contentious content material inside 72 hours of reporting.
Underneath the brand new IT guidelines that got here into impact on Friday, platforms may have higher onus to do due diligence and make cheap effort to take away unlawful content material on their very own.
“If you are unable to do it with your content moderation, algorithm, people etc when reported, that content has to come down in 72 hours,” he stated, however added that each one efforts have to be made to take down such content material way more shortly.
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