India, Oct. 22 -- The Union government on Monday said it will finalise and also notify rules for social media and digital media platforms by January 2020.

The rules on the so-called intermediary liability - many digital platforms, including Facebook and WhatsApp, insist they are intermediaries and can't regulate content - become important in the context of tackling hate speech, fake news, and other unlawful activities.

The draft rules are ready, the government told the Supreme Court, but these need to be discussed with other ministries and also vetted by the law ministry.

In an affidavit filed in the apex court, the ministry of electronics and information technology said that considering the "complexity of the matter and the significan...