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  • The rules, called Intermediaries Guidelines under the IT Act, are under process of revision in the wake of instances of violence and lynchings , affiliated with content posted on social media platforms
  • The IT Ministry had released a draft of the Information Technology Act’s Intermediaries Guidelines (Amendment) Rules in December 2018. Those rules applied to all intermediaries, which would include everything from Amazon to Vodafone to Google.
  • Broadly, it is proposed to have a separate thing for intermediaries in general and social media in particular
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