Articles about MeitY

Shashi Tharoor-led parliamentary committee summons Google, Facebook

28 Jun 2021

Shashi Tharoor-led parliamentary committee summons Google, Facebook

The Indian government's Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology has requested officials from Google and Facebook to convene for a meeting on June 29 (Tuesday) to discuss how citizens should be safeguarded online.

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

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.

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

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.

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

29 Apr 2021

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.

Once again, WhatsApp is reminding users about privacy policy deadline

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.

Indian government blocked 4,400 Facebook, Twitter URLs in 2020

11 Mar 2021

Indian government blocked 4,400 Facebook, Twitter URLs in 2020

The Indian government has blocked more than 4,400 URLs from Facebook and Twitter in the year 2020. The revelation was made to the Indian Parliament on Wednesday.

Sandes messaging app is the government's alternative to WhatsApp

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.

Indian Government will continue ban on PUBG and TikTok

26 Jan 2021

Indian Government will continue ban on PUBG and TikTok

The Indian Government has reportedly sent notices to Chinese app makers relaying that their existing bans will continue. The government had blocked 59 Chinese apps in June and 118 more in September last year.

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

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.

Quikr has ended animal sales and pet trading: PETA India

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.

PUBG Mobile India not granted permission for launch, confirms government

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.

Centre bans 43 more mobile apps; check full list here

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

28 Oct 2020

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.

#TechBytes: How to withdraw PF using an app

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.

India mulls ban on 275 more Chinese apps, including PUBG

27 Jul 2020

India mulls ban on 275 more Chinese apps, including PUBG

Weeks after banning as many as 59 applications from China over safety concerns, India has put 275 more apps from the neighboring nation on its radar.

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

27 May 2020

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.

Now, JioPhone users can use Aarogya Setu: Details here

14 May 2020

Now, JioPhone users can use Aarogya Setu: Details here

India's COVID-19 contact-tracer, Aarogya Setu, is now being rolled-out on JioPhones, the low-cost 4G-enabled feature phones sold by Reliance Industries.

Government asks YouTube to remove clips of captured IAF pilot

28 Feb 2019

Government asks YouTube to remove clips of captured IAF pilot

With photos and videos of captured Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Abhinandan Varthaman doing the rounds on social media, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) had asked Google-owned video-streaming platform YouTube to remove 11 video links pertaining to Varthaman.

Facebook censors posts on Kashmir, Gods, and Tricolor in India

15 Jan 2019

Facebook censors posts on Kashmir, Gods, and Tricolor in India

In what comes as a contradiction to Facebook's publicly stated global policy, the social media giant has 20 "locally illegal" markers for India, on the basis of which posts are flagged and proactively removed.

Reliance Jio bans porn on its network following govt order

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

25 Oct 2018

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.

Government exploring ways to block social media; what's going on?

07 Aug 2018

Government exploring ways to block social media; what's going on?

The Department of Telecommunication (DoT) has asked for inputs from telecom operators and internet service providers regarding ways to block social media apps like Facebook and WhatsApp during emergencies, reports Livemint.

Seems like you have to wait longer for WhatsApp Payments

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.

WhatsApp "horrified" at lynchings, will take steps against fake news

04 Jul 2018

WhatsApp "horrified" at lynchings, will take steps against fake news

WhatsApp has taken cognisance of the Indian government's concerns about the propagation of fake news via its platform.

#CareerBytes: Central government jobs currently available in South India

13 Jun 2018

#CareerBytes: Central government jobs currently available in South India

Central government jobs are always in demand in the country, and several posts are currently up for grabs at government sector organizations across South India.

Government announces Digital India Internship Scheme: Details here

12 May 2018

Government announces Digital India Internship Scheme: Details here

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

I&B to form committee to regulate online media in India

06 Apr 2018

I&B to form committee to regulate online media in India

A day after the government cancelled a controversial 'fake news' circular, the I&B Ministry has decided to constitute a committee to frame guidelines for online media.

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

14 Dec 2017

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.

QR codes are changing India, one transaction at a time

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.

Government asks Facebook, Google, others to remove Blue Whale links

15 Aug 2017

Government asks Facebook, Google, others to remove Blue Whale links

After the second alleged Blue Whale death in India, the government has asked internet giants like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, WhatsApp, Yahoo and Instagram, to remove all links to the dangerous online 'challenge'.

Internet Archive being blocked on some Indian ISPs

09 Aug 2017

Internet Archive being blocked on some Indian ISPs

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

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

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.