Lack of security on the internet due to bots, algorithms: Rajeev Chandrasekhar
The lack of security on the internet is due to robots and the unregulated use of algorithms, among others, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), said on Thursday.
Responding to a Reuters report that Disney found “substantial” fake Twitter users in 2016, Chandrasekhar tweeted that “platforms that ignore their legal due diligence responsibilities and allow illegal activity and misinformation” were threats to “a safe and reliable Internet”.
This is also important because in the current legal battle that is going on between the Indian government and Twitter at the Karnataka High Court, the government has pointed out that it is unclear whether the blocked accounts are unverified as they are fake, bots or operated by Indian citizens.
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Twitter had gone to court seeking redress for 39 blocking orders issued by MeitY under Section 69A of the Computers Act 2000.
Twitter has also come under heavy criticism overseas over the issue of bots on the social media platform. The case turned out to be a ‘break of deal’, with billionaire Elon Musk refusing to go ahead with his plan to buy the company, saying the microblogging platform did not share the real number of bots and real accounts.
Back in India, Chandrasekhar criticized internet platforms for the current controversies surrounding them. Earlier this week, the Minister said that no middleman operating in India could allow misinformation and deliberate efforts to incite and harm users, which violates the government’s expectation of a safe and reliable internet, after a Wikipedia page entry about Indian cricket team fast bowler Arshdeep Singh player associated with Khalistan.
He also later warned that Wikipedia should remain an intermediary in the country, with the platform to remain consistent with the country’s goal of a “safe and reliable internet”.
The IT Ministry is considering a ‘comprehensive overhaul’ of the country’s cyber laws and Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw recently said the government would bring forward the proposed new version of the Data Protection and Data Protection Bill. amendment to the Computer Act of 2000, known as the Digital India Act, to make “the online world more accountable for what is published”.
The government is also expected to introduce the amendments to the IT rules, Chandrasekhar said at an event on Wednesday.