No proposal with MeitY to revoke ban on Chinese apps: Vaishnaw

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There is no proposal to revoke the government’s ban on Chinese mobile apps such as TikTok and PUBG, parliament was informed on Wednesday.

“There is no proposal from the ministry to revoke the blocking orders,” Electronic and IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said in response to a starred question on whether the government is proposing to restart the use of Chinese apps in the country that had been banned earlier.

Last year, the government banned a number of Chinese apps, including TikTok, PUBG, and AliExpress, for damaging the nation’s sovereignty, integrity, and defense.

Vaishnaw, in his response to Lok Sabha on Wednesday, said the government notified IT Rules (Intermediate Directives and Digital Media Code of Ethics) 2021 under the IT Law of 2000 on February 25, 2021.

When asked whether the continued transmission of obscene material by telephone can be verified by the recently passed rules / law to regulate web series, the minister said that Part III of these rules provides that a code of ethics is followed. by publishers of news and current affairs on digital media and publishers of organized online content (commonly referred to as OTT platforms).

It is also a three-level grievance mechanism made up of the publisher (Level-I), a self-regulatory body formed by the publishers (Level-II) and an oversight mechanism. government (Level-III), with time-bound grievances. elimination mechanism, he added.

The Minister noted that Part III of these rules also provides for the provision of information by publishers to the government and the periodic disclosure of information regarding the resolution of grievances in the public domain.


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