Emphasizing the dangers of deepfakes, Chandrasekhar stated that these manipulated videos pose a clear and present danger to a safe and trusted internet.
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Chandrasekhar said, “Today we had a very long meeting with all the players in on the internet, the intermediaries, that’s how we refer them and we have raised the issue of deepfakes with them as you are aware. The Prime Minister has raised the issue that deepfakes are deeply disruptive, they can create divisions and all kinds of disruptions in communities and families. Deepfakes are very clear and present danger to the safe and trusted internet that is our goal and our policy”.
“Way back from October 2022, the government of India has been alerting them to the threat of misinformation and deepfakes which are a part of misinformation. The intermediaries all agreed that current IT rules and the IT Act provide for adequate compliance requirements on their part to deal with deepfakes. Even as we speak to future regulations, future law, is certainly required given that our IT act is 23 years old, it was emphasized to them again to which they have agreed that the current law and the current act and the current rules under 31B5 provide for compliance requirements by the platforms on misinformation, patently falls information and deep fakes” the Minister added.
During a meeting with internet intermediaries, Chandrasekhar raised concerns about the disruptive nature of deepfakes, highlighting their potential to create divisions within communities and families.
Since October 2022, the government has been alerting platforms to the dangers of misinformation, with deepfakes being a crucial aspect of this threat.
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The intermediaries acknowledged that the current IT rules and the IT Act already encompass adequate compliance requirements to address deepfakes.
While acknowledging the need for future regulations, the platforms agreed that the existing laws provide a foundation to tackle misinformation effectively.
Furthermore, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) and the Government of India will nominate a rules officer to ensure 100 per cent compliance with the 12 prohibited content areas outlined in October 2022.
This move reflects the government’s commitment to combating the deepfake menace, underscoring the urgency to safeguard against the detrimental impacts of this evolving technology.