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Government Directs Social Media Platforms to Delete Child Sexual Abuse Content

The government has given orders to social media platforms to remove any content related to child sexual abuse. This directive aims to protect children from harmful content online. Social media companies must take swift action to delete such content and ensure a safer online environment for children.

The Indian government has issued notices to social media companies like X, Youtube, and Telegram, instructing them to remove child sexual abuse material from their platforms in India. Minister of State for Electronics and IT, Rajiv Chandrasekhar, stated that failure to act promptly could result in the withdrawal of their “safe harbour” protection under section 79 of the IT Act, making them liable for prosecution under relevant laws, even if they didn’t upload the content themselves.

 

 

Government Directs Social Media Platforms to Delete Child Sexual Abuse Content
Government Directs Social Media Platforms to Delete Child Sexual Abuse Content

 

These notices stress the importance of swiftly and permanently removing any child sexual abuse material from their platforms. They also call for the implementation of proactive measures such as content moderation algorithms and reporting mechanisms to prevent the dissemination of such content in the future.

The Information Technology (IT) Act of 2000 provides the legal framework for addressing pornographic content, including child sexual abuse material. Specific sections of the IT Act, such as 66E, 67, 67A, and 67B, impose strict penalties and fines for the online transmission of obscene or pornographic content.

According to Rajeev Chandrasekhar, the government is committed to creating a safe and trustworthy internet environment under the IT rules. These rules set clear expectations for social media intermediaries, requiring them to prevent criminal or harmful posts on their platforms.

In April of this year, India was one of the top countries requesting social media platforms to remove content related to various issues, including abuse or harassment, child sexual exploitation, hacked materials, hate speech, impersonation, non-consensual nudity, violent attacks, private information sharing, promotion of self-harm or suicide, sensitive media, terrorism, and violent extremism. Other countries making similar requests included France, Japan, and Germany.


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