New Rules For Social Media, News And OTT | Faye D’Souza

IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad unveiled new policies for social media and over the top (OTT) platforms.

The key takeaways from the policy are:

– Offensive posts to be removed in 24 hours and the platforms have to appoint a Chief Complaint Officer.
– The platforms will also have to provide information about the person who first posted the content.
– The new guidelines will be implemented within three months.
– 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.
– This should be only in relation to sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of the state, public order, relations with foreign states, or rape, sexually explicit content etc.
– For OTT, there should be self-classification of content13+, 16+ and A categories. There has to be a mechanism of parental lock and ensuring compliance that children dont see that.
– There will be a 3-tier mechanism to regulate social media

We discuss in detail about the policy and its significance with the following panelists:

1. Pawan Duggal, Advocate specialising in Cyber Law
2. Nikhil Pahwa, Founder of Medianama
3. Apar Gupta, Executive Director of Internet Freedom Foundation

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