Millennium Post (Kolkata)

‘AI advisory applicable on big platforms & not on start-ups’


The government’s advisory on artificial intelligen­ce (AI) is applicable to significan­t players and untested platforms, and not on startups, Minister of State for Electronic­s and IT Rajeev Chandrasek­har said on Monday.

After a controvers­y over a response of Google’s AI platform to queries related to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the government on March 1 issued an advisory for social media and other platforms to label under-trial AI models and prevent hosting unlawful content.

The Ministry of Electronic­s and Informatio­n Technology in the advisory issued to intermedia­ries and platforms warned of criminal action in case of non-compliance.

“Advisory is aimed at the significan­t platforms and permission seeking from Meity is only for large platforms and

will not apply to startups. Advisory is aimed at untested AI platforms from deploying on the Indian Internet,” Chandrasek­har said on social media platform X.

All digital platforms are required to ensure that the use of artificial intelligen­ce model(s), large language models, generative AI, softwares or algorithms on or through its computer resource do not permit users to host, display, upload, modify, publish, transmit, store, update or share any unlawful content.

The advisory asked use of under-testing, unreliable AI models, generative AI, etc and its availabili­ty to the users on Indian Internet with the explicit permission of the government and be deployed only after appropriat­ely labelling the possible and inherent fallibilit­y or unreliabil­ity of the output generated.

“Process of seeking permission, labelling and consentbas­ed disclosure to user about untested platforms is insurance policy to platforms who can otherwise be sued by consumers. Safety and trust of India’s Internet is a shared and common goal for the government, users and platforms,” Chandrasek­har said. Google’s AI platform Gemini made uncharitab­le comments about Prime Minister Modi’s policies. The response of Gemini to queries about the Prime Minister led to a strong reaction from the government, with Chandrasek­har calling it a violation of IT laws.

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Minister of State for Electronic­s and IT Rajeev Chandrasek­har

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