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India told UNHRC that new IT rules are meant to empower users

New IT Rules: The Government of India said that the new IT rules are empowering the general users of social media-IT. Victims of social media platform abuse will have a platform to address their grievances.

New IT Rules: 

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India has formulated new IT Rules. The government has been embroiled in controversy with Twitter over the new rules. Meanwhile, the UNHRC expressed concern over the Indian government’s new IT rules. On Sunday, June 20, India responded appropriately by refuting the concerns expressed by the United Nations Human Rights Council.

The UNHRC wrote a letter to the Government of India regarding the Government of India’s New IT Rules. The letter from the UNHRC’s special branch came at a time when tensions between Twitter and the Indian government have begun.

The Special Branch of the UNHRC on June 11 expressed concern over some of the provisions of the Government of India’s new IT rules, alleging that they were not in line with international law. These laws do not conform to the standards of the right to privacy and freedom of speech and expression recognized by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The UNHRC Special Branch said, “We are concerned that the Government of India’s New IT Rules may give the authorities the power to censor journalists who disclose information in the public interest and bring to light incidents of human rights violations in an attempt to hold the government accountable.” ”

Freedom of Speech and Expression in India:

An official statement was released on Sunday by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on New IT Rules, Government of India . India’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations said in response to a letter from the Special Procedure Branch of the UNHRC that India’s democracy has a good reputation.

The right to freedom of speech and expression is guaranteed under the Indian Constitution, the ministry said in a statement. An independent judiciary and a strong media are part of India’s democratic establishment.

New rules introduced to empower ordinary users:

Government of India In response to a letter from the UNHRC, the Government of India said that the new IT Rules are empowering ordinary users of social media-IT. Victims of social media platform abuse will have a platform to address their grievances. The decision on these new rules has been taken after detailed consultation with various stakeholders.

The government said new IT rules need to be introduced due to widespread concerns over the growing cases of misuse of social media and digital platforms. These incidents of abuse include inciting terrorists to recruit, spreading pornographic material, spreading hostility, financial fraud, inciting violence, inciting to incite, and so on.

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