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#NAMA: Govt intention is higher accountability from platforms: MEITY’s Rakesh Maheshwari on IT Rules 2021

Key takeaways  The IT Rules 2021 was spurred on by court cases (including the Prajwala case on child sexual abuse and gang rape imagery online) and by the Rajya Sabha Committee's report on child pornography. The government will bring in new standard operating procedures to be followed by intermediaries for compliance with the rules; they will not be notified in the gazette. The government is open to revising the 5 million threshold up or down in the future if necessary, according to MEITY's Rakesh Maheshwari. * According to MEITY official Rakesh Maheshwari, the Indian government's intention with the IT Rules 2021 has always been to have a higher level of accountability for users from all intermediaries, particularly the significant ones. The IT Rules 2021 represent a sea change for how internet intermediaries, which include ISPs, search engines, social media platforms,…

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