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Digital Bill to Bring Cyberbullying under Purview

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The Information Technology Act of 2000 is set to be replaced with the latest Digital Bill. The former has been the main framework regulating Internet entities in the country.

Inside deets

The latest bill might just redefine what the online intermediary actually signifies over a longer time.

The government is keen on developing latest laws relevant to the ecosystem with its modern challenges. There have been very specific offences that might finally come under the scope of this Digital India Bill.

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The Ministry of Electronics and IT known as MeiTy have been toying around making the following issues, offences-

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• Impersonation

• ID theft

• Cyber bullying

• Catfishing 

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• Social media offences

MeitY has reached out to more than 200 people and took note of reigning threats over the Internet. The official word goes, “The aim is to modernize the legal framework, and that means we have to ask a varied set of stakeholders about the harms they face on the Internet.”

Doxxing and catfishing are relatively newer offences that gave come to exist only of late.

The new Bill will govern e-commerce sites, fact-check portals and AI platforms as well.

Summing up

Under the current IT Act, no intermediary related classification is available. The new bill could change that for the better.

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Satarupa Bhattacharya
Satarupa Bhattacharya
Satarupa B. Kaur has been writing professionally since a decade now. Always on the go; she loves to travel, books, playtime with her toddler--as she explores new places, amazing food and anything tech!
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