The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has recently sent a cautionary notice to prominent social media sites, namely X (previously X), YouTube, and Telegram, urging them to expunge instances of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) from their platforms within the jurisdiction of India.
The ministry has also issued notifications to these organizations, indicating that failure to adhere to these standards will be considered a violation of Rule 3(1)(b) and Rule 4(4) of the IT Rules, 2021.
According to the statement, failure to promptly adhere to the letters will lead to the revocation of the safe harbor protection granted under Section 79 of the IT Act, which presently serves as a safeguard against legal accountability.
The notifications issued to these platforms underscore the significance of expeditiously and permanently eliminating or restricting access to any content depicting child sexual abuse material (CSAM) on their platforms. According to a statement issued by the ministry, they also advocate for the adoption of proactive measures, such as the utilization of content moderation algorithms and reporting mechanisms, in order to proactively hinder the spread of CSAM in subsequent instances.
The legal basis for managing pornographic content, including Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM), is provided by the Information Technology (IT) Act of 2000. The transmission of obscene or pornographic content over internet channels is subject to strict penalties and fines as stipulated in Sections 66E, 67, 67A, and 67B of the Information Technology Act.
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The speaker stated that notifications have been dispatched to X, YouTube, and Telegram with the aim of ensuring the absence of any Child Sexual Abuse Material on their respective platforms.
The Information Technology (IT) Act establishes stringent requirements for social media intermediaries, mandating that they refrain from permitting criminal or damaging content on their platforms. If prompt action is not taken, the protection provided by section 79 of the IT Act, which serves as a safe harbor, will be revoked, leading to legal repercussions in accordance with Indian law,” he further stated.
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