Government may temporarily restrict websites and apps that violate deepfake regulations
MeitY) has issued a warning to social media
companies, stating that persistently breaking Indian laws—particularly those
pertaining to deepfakes and other forbidden content—may result in the
platform's temporary suspension from the country. Participants at the
conference, which was facilitated by State Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar,
included representatives from Koo, Samsung, Apple, Reliance Jio, Meta, Google,
Snap, Sharechat, and Telegram.
Few crucial points came
up during the meeting between MeitY and the social media platforms on November
"For platforms that
violate repeatedly, the possible consequence could also include, the rarely
used, but possible option of blocking the platform temporarily on the Indian
internet," a senior ministry official said to a news source. Two other
sources confirmed the same.
As per the rule, "misleading or deceptive
information, including impersonation or spreading false facts, including false
information about the Central government".
The AI-generated content
including deepfakes come under the domain of this rule, the government said.
This development came a day after Minister for Electronics and IT Ashwini
Vaishnaw said that the government will begin work on a separate regulation
dedicated to tackle deepfakes.
During the meeting, the
intermediaries were informed about the IT Rules’ other provisions like Rule 7,
according to which if platforms do not comply to its provisions then the safe
harbour provisions that they enjoy under the IT Act will not apply to them
The safe harbour
provision provides legal immunity to internet platforms against content shared
by users on the platforms.
seek revocation of Rule 7 and reinstatement of its safe harbour by providing
originator of information; or aggrieved party/MeitY can file FIR," said
the presentation deck accessed by the news source.
Apart from that, the
government will be giving social media platforms seven days to align their
terms of service and other policies with Indian laws and regulations in order
to address the hosting of deepfakes on these platforms, Chandrasekhar said
during a media briefing on November 24.
said that under Rule 7 of the IT Rules, an officer will be nominated who will
be entrusted with building a mechanism where users can put in their complaints
regarding deepfakes. MeitY may also assist such aggrieved users with filing
FIRs in such cases.