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Tech Companies to block Advertisements of Illegal Loan, Betting Apps, Government Release Advisory

Tech Companies to block Advertisements of Illegal Loan, Betting Apps, Government Release Advisory
Written by Manoj Kadam
Tech Companies to block Advertisements of Illegal Loan, Betting Apps, Government Release Advisory

Tech Companies to block Advertisements of Illegal Loan, Betting Apps, Government Release Advisory

In the last few years, cases of fraud through illegal loan and betting apps have increased. Steps have been taken by the Central Government to control these apps. In this series, the Electronics and Information Technology Ministry has asked tech companies to block advertisements promoting illegal loan and betting apps.

The ministry has issued an advisory regarding this. Earlier, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had also given instructions to ban such apps. “Intermediaries and platforms should take additional measures to not allow advertisements of illegal loan and betting apps that are likely to be scams and mislead users,” the advisory issued by the ministry said.

Along with this, the government has also tightened its stance on making fake videos viral using Artificial Intelligence (AI). The Electronics and Information Technology Ministry has asked social media and other intermediaries to ensure compliance with the existing IT rules. State Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar said that a formal advisory has been issued in this regard. It provides information about the processes that ensure that users on social media platforms do not violate the content prohibited under Rule 3 (1) (b). “If information or report of such violations is received, action will be taken as per law,” he said. He said that the ministry will closely monitor the compliance of these rules by the intermediaries.

It has been said in this advisory that users should be given clear information about the content which is not allowed under the IT rules. Last month, the central government had warned Facebook and YouTube about deepfakes. Social media platforms including Facebook and YouTube were told that deepfakes and posting content that spreads obscenity or misinformation are prohibited under the country's law. This warning was given to these companies in a meeting. Regarding this, Chandrashekhar had said that many social media companies have not updated the terms and conditions for their users despite the rules implemented last year.

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