The government issued 105 directions to social media platforms under the new IT rules that were passed in February last year, Parliament was informed on August 5, 2022.
In a written response to Rajya Sabha, minister of state for electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar said that the directions were issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting under the new rules.
94 directions to block content were issued to YouTube between December 2021 and April 2022, five to Twitter, and three to Facebook and Instagram.
Chandrasekhar said that the government's policies are aimed at ensuring open, safe and trusted and accountable internet for its users.
He said that the government notified the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Codes) Rules, 2021 ("IT Rules, 2021") on February 25, 2021, to make intermediaries including social media platforms accountable to their users and enhance user safety online.
"Neither the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000 nor the above-said rules contravene users' right to privacy," Chandrasekhar said.