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Bombay HC Delivers Split Verdict in Challenge to IT (Amendment) Rules 2023

With Justice Gautam S. Patel ruling in favour of the Petitioners, and Justice Neela Gokhale against, the Bombay High Court has delivered a split verdict in a batch of petitions challenging IT (Amendment) Rules, 2023
31 January, 2024
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Request declined: Bengaluru Police rejects information sought in our first appeal on the Karnataka fact checking unit

Out first appeal inquiring about the constitution of a Fact Checking Unit (FCU) by the Bengaluru Police was rejected by the PIO for Commissioner of Police, Bengaluru City. This was despite announcement of its establishment by the state government.
25 October, 2023
6 min read

Bombay HC reserves its judgment in petitions challenging the Union Government’s fact checking amendments, after final hearings conclude

The Bombay High Court has reserved its judgment in a batch of petitions filed by Association of Indian Magazines, Kunal Kamra and others, challenging the constitutionality of the IT Amendment Rules, 2023.
29 September, 2023
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“Intermediaries can decide if they want to take down ‘fake’ information” - The Union Government concludes its submissions in petition challenging the IT Amendment Rules, 2023

During its submissions before the Bombay HC in a challenge to the IT Amendment Rules, 2023, the Union Govt clarified that this fact check unit will focus on patently false govt-related content, and that its role is only to flag, leaving the final call to intermediaries.
28 September, 2023
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In Kunal Kamra’s Petition in the Bombay High Court, the Government undertakes not to constitute its Fact Check Unit

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has undertaken not to notify its Fact Check Unit until July 5, 2023.
27 April, 2023
3 min read

Further disclosures by Facebook whistleblower reveal political bias

Facebook whistleblower Sophie Zhang has made fresh disclosures which raise further concerns about Facebook's functioning in India.
20 June, 2022
4 min read

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Your mom was right: Facebook is bad for you!

In light of the recent whistleblower revelations against Facebook, which allege that Facebook is well aware of the harms it causes but chooses to prioritise profit, we wrote to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on IT asking them to initiate an inquiry.
27 October, 2021
8 min read

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Revealed: RTI Request uncovers MeitY letters to Twitter asking to remove the ‘manipulated media’ tag

We were provided copies of two letters from MeitY to Twitter, which do not cite any provision of law, but have asked Twitter to refrain from implementing its policy and process of affixing the ‘Manipulated Media’ tag on tweets.
18 June, 2021
5 min read

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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We wrote to the HMO urging them to issue an advisory against arrests for social media use under the Epidemic Diseases Act #FreeToMeme

We have written to the Union Home Ministry to urgently issue an advisory to State Governments with a draft SOP, to tackle the menace of COVID-19 related disinformation without resorting to overzealous criminal prosecutions.
30 April, 2020
5 min read

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