Laws Governing Social Media Platforms in India: An Analytical Study

  • Himanshu Danodia and Priyadarshini Tiwari
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  • Himanshu Danodia

    Student at Law college Dehradun, Uttanchal University, India

  • Priyadarshini Tiwari

    Assistant Professor at Law college Dehradun, Uttanchal University, India

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The evolution of the internet differed significantly from the introduction of any other revolutionary communication technologies. Undoubtedly, the internet greatly facilitated the process of conveying and exchanging information and ideas with others. India, a country with a growing number of internet users and active social media platforms, is confronted with a crucial task: finding a balance between national security interests and the right to freely express oneself on these digital platforms. This analytical study explores the legislative framework that governs social media platforms in India. The text analyses the fundamental legislation, the Information Technology Act (2000), and its revisions, with a specific focus on the contentious intermediary standards and digital media ethics code of 2021. The examination examines concerns pertaining to potential violations of freedom of speech and privacy rights. In addition, the paper explores the intricate function that social media platforms have in promoting public discussion while also reducing the dissemination of false information and offensive language. This study seeks to offer a thorough comprehension of the changing legal framework that governs social media in India by analyzing significant court cases and ongoing discussions. The text finishes by emphasizing the necessity of adopting a sophisticated approach that protects both security and fundamental rights in the era of digital technology.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 3, Page 1218 - 1231


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