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The government has released guidelines that aim to regulate social media, digital news media, and over-the-top (OTT) content providers.

Published: February 26, 2021 3:35 PM IST

By Toshi Tiwari

The government on February 25 released guidelines that aim to regulate social media, digital news media, and over-the-top (OTT) content providers. The government pointed out that they want to empower the ordinary users of digital platforms to seek redressal for their grievances and command accountability in case of infringement of their rights.

Key proposals for digital news platforms
Follow press conduct of India, Cable Tv Networks (regulations) Act norms
Self-regulatory bodies to oversee adherence to code of ethics.
Information and Broadcast ministry to from panel and oversee mechanism.

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Key proposals for social media
Identify ‘first orginators’ of content that authorities consider anti national.
Appoint grievance officer, resolve complaints in 15 days.
File monthly compliance received and take action.

Key proposals for digital news platforms
Follow press conduct of India, Cable Tv Networks (regulations) Act norms.
Self-regulatory bodies to oversee adherence to code of ethics.
Information and Broadcast ministry to from panel and oversee mechanism.

What are the penalties for companies violating these guidelines?
In case an intermediary fails to observe the rules, it would lose the safe harbour, and will be liable for punishment under any law for the time being in force including the provisions of the IT Act and the Indian Penal Code.

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