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NEW DIGITAL MEDIA RULES
Ruchika Rawan
The Daily Episode Network
The new Information Technology rules were announced by the Ministry of electronics and information technology on February 25, 2021 which suppresses India’s intermediary guidelines rules 2011. On February 26, a 34 page new IT rules document was notified in the official gazette entitled as “Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021”. In accordance to the new guidelines , a set of comprehensive regulations were mounted to regulate social media companies, streaming and digital news content, virtually bringing them, bounding them under government supervision.
  These new IT rules came into force on May 26, 2021.
 May 25 - The rumours shook the internet


On may 25th, the day before implementation of new digital media rules ,rumors regarding banning of social media companies dispersed across the internet. Indians went crazy after hearing this news as social media giants were given three-months to comply with comprehensive guidelines which were released in February but popular platforms like WhatsAPP, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram did not accede to the new policies.
But later on, it got clarified that they may face legal proceedings for non-compliance but will not be banned.
Whatsapp sued the Indian government over new privacy rules on May 25th . After days of faceoff, on May 28, seven social media giants complied with major provisions of regulations including WhatsAPP.
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