Govt drafts rules to check fake news on social media

(UNI) In order to prevent misuse of social media and spreading of fake news, the Union Electronics and IT Ministry has prepared a draft of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules 2018 to replace the rules notified in 2011 and consultation process is underway.

The consultation process was initiated with Inter-Ministerial consultations and thereafter with other stakeholders, including major social media platforms, messaging services platforms like Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo, WhatsApp and other associations like IAMAI, COAI and ISPAI representing intermediaries, the Ministry said in a statement on Monday.

The timeline of submission of comments is January 15, 2019, the statement said..