Government’s Bold Move Against Social Media Deepfakes

Government Against Social Media Deepfakes: Union Electronics and Information Technology Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar announced on Friday that the government will designate a special officer to investigate the deepfake problem on internet platforms and to help individuals file First Information Reports (FIRs) as and when they discover fake content online.

This However follows a spike in deepfake films on the internet, a technical phenomenon that makes it difficult to distinguish between fact and fiction. Over the last month, a number of deepfake films featuring Bollywood actresses, such as Rashmika Mandanna, Katrina Kaif, and Kajol, have gone viral on the internet, raising alarming questions.

“On Friday, Union Electronics and Information Technology Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar addressed the deepfake issue. We will expect 100% compliance from all platforms going forward, and MeitY and the Government of India will nominate a Rule Seven officer.” The topic of deepfakes was brought up at a meeting on Friday with all of the major Internet players and intermediaries.

The Government on Deepfake Videos

Government's Bold Move Against Social Media Deepfakes

“The Rule Seven officer will also be responsible for setting up a platform that would make it extremely simple for citizens to notify the Indian government of any notifications, accusations, or complaints of legal violations by the platforms. The Rule Seven officer will consider the data from the digital platform and react appropriately. Therefore, MoS of Electronics and Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar stated, “We’ll make it very simple for the citizen to report violations of law by platforms to the government.”

“As far as harms are concerned, that includes deepfakes and also includes CSAM (Child Sexual Abuse Material). Also includes various other categories of content that are prohibited on the Indian Internet….” He stated.

“In spite of the fact that we are talking about future laws and regulations. These are undoubtedly necessary considering that our IT Act is 23 years old. All of the intermediaries here today concurred with the existing IT standards. The IT Act provides sufficient compliance requirements on their part to deal with Deep Fake. They were reminded, and they acknowledged that the existing legislation, acts, and regulations mandate that platforms abide by the laws of disinformation, blatantly false material, and deepfakes.” Rajeev Chandrasekhar stated.

“Today, I urged them and told them that we would follow up with an advisory. And a directive requiring all platforms to harmonize and transform their terms of use with their users. To be consistent with the twelve areas that are prohibited on the Indian Internet. The platforms have agreed to ensure harmonization and alignment within seven days. So that every user will be aware of this when using a platform. The platform aims to be a reliable and secure platform,” he continued.

Inability to Use Online Platforms if Deepfakes Are Not Remote

Deepfakes of Rashmika Mandanna, Katrina Kaif, and Kajol

The federal government summoned Google, Facebook, and YouTube on November 24. To warn them that they would face harsh consequences if they did not remove deepfakes from their websites. According to a previous statement made by Rajeev Chandrasekhar.

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