Align with IT rules, says GoI after issuing 7-day deadline for social media sites

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New Delhi: On Friday, the Indian government issued a seven-day ultimatum to social media platforms, urging them to align their policies with Indian regulations to combat the proliferation of deepfakes.

Minister of State for Electronics and IT, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, emphasised that deepfakes fall under the purview of current IT Rules, specifically Rule 3(1)(b), which necessitates the prompt removal of 12 specified types of content within 24 hours of receiving user complaints.

Chandrasekhar underscored that the government is poised to take decisive action against 100% of such violations under the IT Rules moving forward.

Platforms are obligated to expeditiously remove deepfake content upon receipt of reports from users or government authorities.

Non-compliance triggers Rule 7, empowering affected individuals to pursue legal action against platforms under the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Addressing those affected by deepfakes, Chandrasekhar urged them to file First Information Reports (FIRs) at their local police stations, with the assurance that the IT Ministry would assist aggrieved users in the FIR filing process.

Meanwhile, GoI IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw disclosed on Thursday that India is contemplating regulations to curb the dissemination of deepfakes and mitigate potential harm caused by Artificial Intelligence (AI).

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