Information Technology Act Current Affairs - 2019
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The government has warned twitter activists of 7-year jail term and financial penalties if failed to act to remove content and accounts that are ‘objectionable and inflammatory.
The government has asked Twitter authorities to comply with the provisions under the Indian Information Technology Act or else it would face action under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act.
Section 69A of the Information Technology Act
Section 69A of the Information Technology Act empowers central government to:
- Issue directions to block the content on online platforms in the interest of sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of the State, friendly relations with foreign States or public order or for preventing incitement to the commission of any cognizable offence.
- Intermediaries failing to comply with the direction issued could be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven years and shall also be liable to fine.
As India is heading towards Lok Sabha polls, the social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp have been directed to ensure the platforms are not used to undermine or influence the electoral process.