The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has issued a recent advisory to all intermediaries, urging compliance with existing IT rules. The focus of this directive is particularly on addressing concerns related to misinformation, specifically those fueled by AI-generated deepfakes.
The advisory necessitates that intermediaries communicate prohibited content, especially that outlined in Rule 3(1)(b) of the IT Rules, transparently to users. This advisory follows discussions led by Union Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Electronics & IT, and Jal Shakti, Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, during Digital India dialogues with intermediaries within a one-month period.
During stakeholder meetings over a month, Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar emphasized the urgency for strict adherence to existing laws and regulations, stating that the IT rules comprehensively address the threat of deepfakes. Minister Chandrasekhar highlighted the dangers of misinformation and deepfakes, noting Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi's alert on November 17. He emphasized the importance of compliance with the IT rules, with a specific focus on Rule 3(1)(b)(v), which prohibits the dissemination of misinformation. and trust of digital users on the Indian Internet.
The Minister underlined that intermediaries have been informed about the legal consequences of rule violations. In conclusion, the Minister stated that MeitY will closely monitor intermediary compliance in the coming weeks, with potential amendments to the IT Rules or the law if needed. The government's mission is to ensure a safe and trusted internet, holding intermediaries accountable for the safety