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Don't swipe next! We write to the Parliamentary Standing Committee for sustained hearings and an international human rights audit of Facebook India

There has been an alarming press report published in the Wall Street Journal on August 14, 2020 titled, “Facebook’s Hate-Speech Rules Collide with Indian Politics”. It merits urgent intervention and investigation into human rights breaches by Facebook India.
17 August, 2020
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NIFT's Social Media Policy, 2020 violates the Right to Freedom of Speech and Expression

We wrote to the Director General of NIFT as well as the Ministry of Textiles asking them to recall the policy which hampers the right to freedom of speech and expression of the students.
14 August, 2020
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Major changes to Indian criminal law are underway! How can we use this process to defend and advance digital rights? #RightToMeme

The Ministry of Home Affairs has established a Committee to recommend changes to Indian criminal law within six months. We must ensure the Committee's recommendations do not lead to arbitrary prosecution of internet users or have a chilling effect on online speech.
07 August, 2020
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We urge the Maharashtra Government to formulate objective standards to protect social media users from bullying! #RighttoMeme

We wrote to the Hon’ble Chief Minister and Home Minister of the Government of Maharashtra worried by a series of criminal prosecutions against social media users which created a chilling effect on their right to freedom of speech and expression.
06 August, 2020
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Update on IFF’s Zombie Tracker

IFF, in collaboration with CivicDataLab, is building a “Zombie Tracker” to track cases under S. 66A, Information Technology Act, at the district level. S.66A of the IT Act is termed as a legal zombie since, even though it was declared unconstitutional in 2015, its use is ongoing.
08 July, 2020
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We wrote to the Mumbai Police asking them to review and amend their Social Media Regulation Order issued under S.144, CrPC #FreeToMeme

On May 23, 2020 the Mumbai Police issued an Order under S.144, CrPC. The order prohibits the spread of certain information through social media platforms. We have sent a representation to the Mumbai Police & the Maharashtra Home Dept. asking them to review and amend the order.
04 June, 2020
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66A Zombies continue to menace Free Speech on the Internet #ZombieTracker

Despite repeated directions by the Supreme Court, that all pending cases under S. 66A of the Information Technology Act be closed and also that no fresh charges may be registered, the provision continues to be invoked across the country.
28 April, 2020
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