MEITY issues instructions to social media platforms/ intermediaries with a view to curb false news / mis-information on Coronavirus
The Ministry of Electronics and Information technology (“Ministry”) on 20th March 2020, issued an Advisory to curb false news/ mis-information on Coronavirus.
Through the Advisory, the Ministry has required the intermediaries to follow due diligence as prescribed by the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules 2011 and inform their users to not host, display, upload, modify, publish, transmit, update or share any information that may affect public order:
Considering the above-mentioned, Intermediaries have been urged to:
- Initiate awareness campaign on their platforms so that the users do not upload/ circulate any false news / mis-information concerning coronavirus which may cause panic among the public and disrupt public order and social tranquillity;
- take immediate action to disable / remove such content hosted on their platforms on priority; and
iii. promote dissemination of authentic information related to Corona virus (as far as possible);
The Corona virus (COVID-19) outbreak has become a global concern. While countries across the world are trying their best to mitigate the spread, there is a trend to circulate false news / mis-information as well as sharing anonymous data relating to Corona virus through social media platforms creating panic among the public.
The Ministry issued the Advisory in order to curb the spread of mis-information/ false information.