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India's Deepfake Crackdown



  May 11, 2024

India's Deepfake Crackdown



Q1: What is the Indian government doing to address deepfakes?

A1: The government is taking several steps:

● Nominating a Rule Seven Officer to handle complaints against platforms.

● Demanding social media platforms align their policies with Indian laws within seven days.
● Drafting new regulations to address deepfakes.
● Assisting citizens in filing FIRs against platforms for rule violations.

Q2: What are the four pillars of the proposed legislation?

A2: The four pillars are:


● Detection of deepfakes
● Prevention of their creation and distribution
● Reporting mechanisms for deepfake content
● Raising awareness about the issue

Q3: What is a Rule Seven Officer, and what is their role?

A3: A Rule Seven Officer will be a designated person who creates a platform for citizens to report violations of law by social media platforms, especially those related to deepfakes. They will be responsible for taking action based on the information received.

Q4: How will the government assist citizens in dealing with deepfakes?

A4: The government will help citizens file First Information Reports (FIRs) against social media platforms that violate the Information Technology Rules regarding deepfakes.

Q5: What has been the response of social media intermediaries?

A5: Social media platforms have agreed that the current Information Technology Act provides a framework for compliance, but they acknowledge that additional regulations may be needed due to the evolving nature of technology and the growing threat of deepfakes.


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