In what seems to be an attempt to carve out its news service from the rest of its platform, Google announced that it has partnered with 30 news publishers in India for its Google News Showcase, it said in a blogpost. Since Google News is a news aggregator service, the tech-giants' service falls under the government's new regulations for digital news media under the Information Technology Rules, 2021. Google has effectively extended its Google News Showcase program to India, having first launched the initiative last year. Google plans to invest $1 billion towards supporting news publishers and journalists across the world under this initiative. So far it has partnered with over 700 publications across the United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Canada and Japan. Google News and the new IT Rules Has Google launched the News Showcase to be in compliance with the IT Rules 2021? In February this year, the government issued the Information Technology Rules, 2021 for online intermediaries. Under these rules, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B Ministry) was granted regulatory powers to oversee online news content either published by digital news organisations or promoted by news aggregators. The new Intermediary Liability and Digital Media Ethics Code Rules, 2021, require digital news publishers and aggregators to form a three-tier regulatory structure and form self-regulatory organisations. The rules will apply to any person or entity that is a publisher of news and current affairs content with physical presence in India, and will be administered by the I&B Ministry.…
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