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Govt weighs tightening IT guidelines to halt blacklisting

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We are absolutely determined to make the internet a safe and trusted place for all of our digital nagriks (citizens), said Rajeev Chandrashekhar. (PTI)

The authorities can take a look at strengthening the amended info expertise (IT) Rules to discourage social media platforms from shadow-banning person accounts to make their posts much less or not seen, stated Rajeev Chandrashekhar, minister of state for electronics and knowledge expertise, terming the findings as surprising and try to weaponize misinformation.

“We are completely decided to make the web a secure and trusted place for all of our digital nagriks (residents). If our guidelines, as amended right this moment, ship on that as a result of the platforms acknowledge the intention of the federal government to try this, so be it. But if the foundations don’t, then we should do one thing else,” he said.

Chandrashekhar added that the government would consider the unfolding events and that discussions around such issues could be included in the upcoming Digital India Act, which will be put up for public consultation soon.

The minister was responding to the Twitter Files Part Two revelations by independent journalist Bari Weiss, which showed that the social media giant was secretly “blacklisting” some tweets and accounts of customers with out their information, and the way the corporate used “visibility filtering” to effectively “shadow ban” customers to restrict the visibility of tweets on the platform. It confirmed that the platform was not solely actively concerned in determining whose content material went there however actively concerned in shaping the emphasis of conversations.

“Twitter was taking part in God towards the ethos of any liberal democracy,” he stated.

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