Intermediary Rules, 2021 - How soft is the soft-touch oversight mechanism?

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A Report on Intermediary Rules, 2021


The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (“MeitY”) on 25th February, 2021 introduced the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules,2021 (“Intermediary Rules/ Rules”) in consultation with the Ministry ofInformation and Broadcasting (“MIB”). The rules have been in accordance with the Government’s rule making power in terms of Section 87 of the InformationTechnology Act, 2000 (“IT Act”). The Intermediary Rules have replaced the Information Technology (Intermediaries guidelines) Rules, 2011 (or the 2011 Rules). The Rules now aims at having a “harmonious, soft-touch oversight mechanism in relation to social media platform as well as digital media andOTT platforms”.


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