The Government Is Reviewing The ‘Safe Harbour’ Clause That Absolves Social Media Platforms


The draft Digital India Bill, which will replace the Information Technology Act, 2000, is likely to be ready by early July, sources told.  There will be at least two further consultations on the principles of the Bill by March 20, and the draft discussion will last 90 days, they added. The first discussion meeting on the Bill was held in Bengaluru on Thursday. It was attended by as numerous as 300 stakeholders, of whom further than 200 attended nearly. In 2021, the government brought in the Information Technology (Central Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules that bear platforms to take down posts when asked to do so by the government or when the law requires it. In other words, The safe harbour protection is “earned”, the government had said, subject to the platform doing its bit to keep the internet safe and trusted by making sure that the content that’s flagged as “causing stoner  detriment” is no longer hosted on it. The draft Digital India Act will seek to address these issues, being a principle-grounded legislation, the MoS IT added. Talking about a nonsupervisory body for digital realities  analogous to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), Chandrasekhar told ET that the government doesn’t want a monolithic controller because the government doesn’t want to stifle the  youthful, inventions and startups. “We want  commodity that’s a light touch. But at the same time when it comes to stoner  detriment and crime, there should be effective interference power to address those issues. We don’t know what the non supervisory design is yet but will clearly talk to people,” the MoS IT added. In a affiliated development, Chandrasekhar said at the  discussion event in Bengaluru that the government will include sequestration- invasive bias similar as asset spectacles and wearable bias in the legislation. The minister sought the views of the stakeholders on calling strict regulations for these invasive  bias, including KYC conditions for retail deals and applicable felonious law warrants.