First Read: Draft amendments proposed to the IT Rules, 2021 in relation to online gaming

The Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 [“IT Rules, 2021”], initially notified in February 2021, extended overbroad and stricter government control over social media platforms, digital news media platforms and on-demand video streaming platforms. These Rules were contested and criticised by several experts, civil society, digital rights groups, industry bodies, technology companies, technical groups and members of the press since its inception, primarily for introducing unreasonable restrictions on online free speech and user rights.

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