New Delhi: The Centre has finalised new rules for digital content, social media companies and OTT platforms. Some of the new changes include strict oversight mechanism involving several ministries. Further, these platforms will be banned from telecasting content that affects “the sovereignty and integrity of India” and that which threatens national security. Ravi Shankar Prasad and Prakash Javadekar addressed the media to announce the new rules for OTT platforms, social media and messaging services. Keep a tab of for all the latest updatesAlso Read - Information Technology Rules, 2021: Govt Announces Guidelines to Regulate Social Media, OTT Platforms | Key Points

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Key Takeaways From Govt’s Address:

1)  Social media intermediaries have to appoint a grievance officer, who shall register complaints in 24 hrs.

2) Social media platforms must have provision for voluntary verification of users.

3) Social media platforms on being asked by court or govt will be required to disclose the first originator of the mischief info.

4) Grievance redressal official must be resident in India; monthly compliance reports have to be filed by social media platforms.

5) Content involving nudity, morphed pictures of women have to be removed in 24 hrs.

14:45 PM: Announcing new rules for social media, OTT platforms, the government said, “For OTT, there should be self-classification of content — 13+, 16+ and A categories. There has to be a mechanism of parental lock and ensuring compliance that children don’t see that.”

14:43 PM: Empowering ordinary users of social media. Must have robust grievance redressal mechanism instituting complaint within 24 hrs&redressal in 15 days. Must have chief compliance officer,nodal contact person&resident grievance officer for significant social media: Union Min RS Prasad

14: 39 PM: There will also be an oversight mechanism at the government level to deal with the case wherein immediate action is needed: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar

“Empowering ordinary users of social media,” says govt as it announces new rules for Netflix, other OTT platforms. TOP POINTS SO FAR: 

1) Age and genre-based regulation

2) A 3-tier mechanism to regulate social media

3) Nodal contact person for law agency

4) Expose mischievous content creator

5) A quick user verification mechanism

14:20 PM: “We have decided to have a 3-stair mechanism for OTT platforms. OTT and digital news media will have to disclose their details. We are not mandating registration, we are seeking information,”Union Minister Prakash Javadekar.

“There should be a grievance redressal system in OTT platforms and digital portals. OTT platforms will have to have a self-regulating body, headed by retired Supreme Court or High Court judge or very eminent person in this category,” Union Minister Prakash Javadekar.

14:25 PM: Govt confirms a new oversight mechanism involving several ministries for social media.

14:24 PM: We shall notify users number for a significant social media intermediary very soon. They will have to have a grievance redressal mechanism, you will also have to name a grievance officer who shall register the grievance within 24 hours & disposal in 15 days: Union Min RS Prasad

14:24 PM: Concerns raised over the yrs about rampant abuse of social media…Ministry had widespread consultations & we prepared a draft in Dec 2018 – there’ll be 2 categories, Intermediary which can be social media intermediary & significant social media intermediary: Union Min RS Prasad

14:23 PM: This should be only in relation to sovereignty & integrity of India, the security of the state, public order, relations with foreign states, or rape, sexually explicit content etc: Union Electronics & Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

14:22 PM: Social media platforms upon being asked either by a court order or a govt authority will be required to disclose the first originator of mischievous tweet or message as the case may be: Union Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

14:21 PM: There was a demand to regulate social media from people, Prakash Javadekar addresses media

14:20 PM: Social media companies must identify the source of malicious posts, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

14:17 PM: Govt to respond 24/7 to complaints from govt agencies

14:15 PM:  Grievance redressal mechanism to be introduced, announces government.

14:12 PM: Govt warns over fake news on social media

14:07 PM: Action will be taken to stop social-media abuse, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

14:05 PM: A 3-tier system to regulate online content has been proposed in the draft rules.

14:04 PM: Ravi Shankar Prasad addresses the media.

14:02 PM: The government is expected to address the media shortly.