MeitY: News

09 Mar 2024


11-year-old dies while attempting TikTok trend 'chroming': What is it?

In a heartbreaking incident, an 11-year-old boy named Tommie-Lee Gracie Billington passed away in the United Kingdom (UK) while attempting a dangerous TikTok challenge at a friend's house.

MeitY considers taking over approval process for online games

The Indian government's plan to appoint self-regulatory bodies (SRBs) for the online gaming industry has hit a roadblock.

24 Nov 2023

Rajeev Chandrasekhar

Ensure deepfake regulation compliance in 7 days: MeitY to companies

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), has given social media platforms seven days to update their policies in line with Indian laws, specifically targeting deepfakes.

13 Jun 2023

Central Government

Appoint Indian CEOs: Centre to Chinese smartphone companies

The central government has asked Chinese manufacturers dealing in smartphones to induct Indian equity partners for their operations in India, The Economic Times reported.

08 May 2023

Government of India

Centre makes FM radio mandatory on smartphones: Here's why

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has made FM radio mandatory for all smartphones.

05 Feb 2023

Central Government

Centre initiates process to ban over 230 Chinese apps: Report

The central government has decided to ban over 230 mobile applications with Chinese links that allegedly pose a security threat to the country, News18 reported.

19 Aug 2022

Indian Government

VLC media player banned in India. But why?

VideoLan's VLC media player is famous for its ability to play any video that you throw at it. However, the company was ill-prepared to deal with the Indian government's decision to ban the popular media player.

05 Jul 2022


Twitter challenges Indian government in court over content takedown orders

The long-drawn saga between Twitter and the Indian government has reached the corridors of the Karnataka High Court.

09 Jun 2022

IT Department

#NewsBytesExplainer: New draft amendments to IT Rules, 2021

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has published a fresh draft of amendments to the Information Technology Rules, 2021.

30 Jan 2022

Aadhaar Card

Govt plans one unique ID to access multiple digital IDs

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has proposed a new model of "Federated Digital Identities" that will allow using a single digital ID to access multiple IDs.

01 Sep 2021


WhatsApp banned over 30 lakh Indian accounts through July

Facebook-owned instant messaging service WhatsApp has released its latest compliance report. According to the document, a staggering 30,27,000 Indian accounts were banned from the platform in the period between June 16 and July 31 this year.

29 May 2021


Google, Facebook comply with IT Ministry rules; Twitter's stance unclear

Google, Facebook, and the latter's subsidiary WhatsApp have reportedly agreed to comply with the new rules defined by the Indian Government's IT Ministry. Twitter's intention to comply remains unclear.

26 May 2021


IT rules: Centre seeks compliance status from Facebook, Twitter 'ASAP'

The central government on Wednesday asked social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp to share their status of compliance with the new IT rules.

29 Apr 2021

Narendra Modi

Facebook hides anti-Modi hashtag 'by mistake': Details here

Facebook claims to have had a case of accidental censorship on its hands. The social media platform was accused of censorship when Twitter users began sharing screenshots that showed how Facebook hid posts calling for the resignation of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

27 Apr 2021


Once again, WhatsApp is reminding users about privacy policy deadline

Despite facing severe global backlash for its unilateral privacy policy change, Facebook-owned instant messaging service WhatsApp decided it's a good idea to remind users of the policy change and the fast-approaching implementation deadline.

20 Feb 2021


Sandes messaging app is the government's alternative to WhatsApp

The Indian government's National Informatics Centre (NIC) has developed an instant messaging app called Sandes, which translates into "message" in Hindi. The application was intended for use by government officials but it allows individuals to sign up as well.

21 Jan 2021


WhatsApp responds to Indian government's letter regarding privacy policy update

On Tuesday, the Indian government's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) sent a strongly worded letter to WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart, asking him to withdraw the recent update to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for Indian users.

23 Dec 2020


Quikr has ended animal sales and pet trading: PETA India

Animal rights body PETA India on Wednesday claimed that e-retailer Quikr has ended "animal sale" on its portal and taken down "pet trading" advertisements after the NGO appealed to it and also mounted pressure.

17 Dec 2020


PUBG Mobile India not granted permission for launch, confirms government

The central government has confirmed that it has not granted any permission to PUBG Mobile India for a launch.

24 Nov 2020


Centre bans 43 more mobile apps; check full list here

The central government on Tuesday decided to ban 43 mobile applications for being "prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity" of India.

Government has no information on who created Aarogya Setu

The Central Information Commission (CIC) on Tuesday issued a show-cause notice to the Centre over providing evasive answers to a Right to Information (RTI) query.

30 Aug 2020


#TechBytes: How to withdraw PF using an app

The novel coronavirus pandemic has created a situation of financial uncertainty for the entire Indian population.

27 May 2020

NITI Aayog

Finally, government open-sources Aarogya Setu: Here's what it means

In a major development, India's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has open-sourced Aarogya Setu, its contact-tracing app for COVID-19.

27 Oct 2018


Reliance Jio bans porn on its network following govt order

Recently, the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) issued directions to internet service providers (ISPs) across India, asking them to ban 827 pornographic websites based on an order by the Uttarakhand High Court.

Block 827 porn websites: Centre tells Internet Service Providers

In compliance with an order of Uttarakhand High Court, the Centre has asked Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block 827 porn websites, PTI reports.

01 Aug 2018


Seems like you have to wait longer for WhatsApp Payments

WhatsApp's Payments service has hit yet another hurdle in India - now, the government has reportedly told WhatsApp that it can't roll out the service till it sets up an office and recruits a team in India.

12 May 2018

Swachh Bharat

Government announces Digital India Internship Scheme: Details here

The government has announced yet another exciting opportunity for students, especially for those in engineering.

14 Dec 2017

Delhi Police

Delhi Police working on app to solve capital's streetlight problem

Delhi Police are working on another app for women's safety. The Women Safety- Dark Spots App will allow citizens to notify the authorities of dysfunctional or absent streetlights at the click of a button.

10 Oct 2017


QR codes are changing India, one transaction at a time

Indians are familiar with the concept of a barcode. Every time someone shops at any supermarket, the shopkeeper scans the barcode of every purchased product and hands over the total bill.

09 Aug 2017


Internet Archive being blocked on some Indian ISPs

Many internet service providers are apparently blocking the resource site without any notice.

12 Jul 2017


Rs. 75,000 crore electronics manufacturing projects to be approved

As per reports by DNA Money, two major electronics manufacturing projects worth Rs. 75,000 crore, will soon see the light of day as Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) is close to approving them under its modified special incentive package (MSIP) scheme.