IT Ministry

Venkaiah Naidu Twitter Controversy: IT Ministry to send notice to Twitter today - Sources

Twitter has removed the blue tick badge from the official Twitter handle of Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu, however, the badge has been put back in view of the possibility of escalation of controversy. But now there are reports quoting sources that the IT Ministry will send a notice to Twitter.

Jun 05, 2021, 12:00 PM IST

'Stop beating around the bush and comply,' IT Ministry tells Twitter

The Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) has asked the microblogging company to "stop beating around the bush" and "comply with the laws of the land". 

May 28, 2021, 12:38 PM IST

Explained: What does IT Ministry’s warning over WhatsApp privacy policy mean?

This is for the very first time, WhatsApp has been given a strict warning by challenging it with legal action from the government which if decoded means that the government of India will leave no stone unturned to pursue all legal actions at hand to protect “to protect the sovereign rights” of Indian citizens. 

May 24, 2021, 17:34 PM IST

Govt asks social media platforms to remove content mentioning 'Indian variant' of COVID-19

A notice issued in this regard by the IT ministry states that a "false statement" is being circulated online that implies that an 'Indian variant' of coronavirus is spreading across the countries. The IT ministry said the matter has already been clarified by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on May 12, 2021, through a press statement.

May 23, 2021, 15:10 PM IST

COVID-19: Centre asks social media firms to take down content referring to ‘Indian variant'

 The IT ministry has reportedly asked social media platforms to take down any such content containing the term ‘Indian variant' in order to curb misinformation around COVID-19. 

May 22, 2021, 06:49 AM IST

Twitter removes 50 tweets critical of India's COVID management post govt’s order

The data available on Lumen database shows that the micro-blogging platform has deleted more than 50 tweets that belonged to people like Revanth Reddy, an MP from Telangana; Moloy Ghatak, a West Bengal state minister; two filmmakers; an actor, and others.

Apr 25, 2021, 15:57 PM IST

Centre notifies new IT rules for digital news publishers and OTT platforms

The new rules will apply to social media platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and OTT platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney Hotstar and several others.

Mar 25, 2021, 13:07 PM IST

IT Ministry writes to WhatsApp, directs it to withdraw new privacy policy

The IT Ministry, in the letter to CEO Will Cathcart, asked Whatsapp to withdraw the proposed policy, slamming its "all or nothing" approach which "leverages the social significance of the app to force users into a bargain". The policy that was announced earlier this month asked them to agree to the new terms or lose access to accounts by 8th February, sparking widespread concerns and criticisms. 

Jan 19, 2021, 14:47 PM IST

Smartphones, components worth Rs 11.5 lakh cr to be produced in India in next 5 yrs: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Talking about the progress in the scheme Prasad said that around 22 companies have applied under the scheme. These companies will produce mobile phone and components in India worth Rs 11.5 lakh crores in the coming 5 yrs out of which products worth Rs 7 lakh crores will be exported.

Aug 01, 2020, 14:41 PM IST

IT Minister RS Prasad asks WhatsApp to explain about Israeli spyware Pegasus attack

The IT Minister's direction to WhatsApp came amid reports of the latest cyber-attack by an Israeli spyware Pegasus targetting Indian journalists and human rights activists using WhatsApp.

Oct 31, 2019, 17:54 PM IST

IT Ministry seeks response from WhatsApp over Israeli sypware Pegasus issue; gives time till Nov 4 to reply

WhatsApp has accused the NSO Group of sending malware to roughly 1,400 mobile phones for ''surveillance.''

Oct 31, 2019, 16:10 PM IST

IT Ministry directs YouTube to remove video links of captured IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman

YouTube has removed 11 video links pertaining to the captured IAF pilot.

Feb 28, 2019, 17:32 PM IST

WhatsApp appoints grievance officer for India, but in the US

Sources in the IT ministry reveal the government has taken a grim view of the decision to station the grievance officer in the US. Cyber security experts largely call it a cosmetic move.

Sep 24, 2018, 19:06 PM IST

IT Ministry mulls third notice to WhatsApp; may insist on message traceability

According to government sources, an internal discussion was held on the issue and a third letter could now be sent to WhatsApp in the next 7-10 days.

Sep 20, 2018, 18:18 PM IST

WhatsApp starts new feature to let users identify forwarded messages

Users will need to have the latest supported version of WhatsApp on their phone to see the new forwarded label, the company said.

Jul 12, 2018, 06:57 AM IST

National electronics policy to be finalised in second half of FY19: Sources

The IT Ministry official said that the country will now be moving towards incentivising the export of electronics products manufactured in India, too.

May 02, 2018, 17:48 PM IST

Ask Facebook to pledge not to allow meddling in our elections, Parliament panel demands

The parliamentary standing committee has asked the government to get an assurance from Facebook that it would not misuse the users' data to influence polls in India.

Apr 20, 2018, 00:01 AM IST

95 mobile companies set up plants in India: IT Minister

The minister said that the system can be used to check adjournments being given by district courts.

Sep 24, 2017, 19:24 PM IST

Phone companies get time till Sept 12 to furnish data security info

The government has given smartphone companies time till September 12 to furnish full details of procedures adopted by them to ensure data security, a senior IT Ministry official said on Wednesday.

Sep 06, 2017, 20:52 PM IST

IT Ministry writes to 9 more smartphone firms on data security

The IT ministry has now said it intends to ask all the remaining companies selling smartphones in India to provide details of the security processes followed by them to safeguard users' data.

Aug 21, 2017, 20:36 PM IST