Glance at new digital rules to regulate OTT, news and social media platforms!

Few months before the government announced the (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021. Also, recently we have seen that WhatsApp, a social media company moved to court against these new digital rules. And other social media companies, OTT, and digital news platforms are criticizing these new IT rules.

Do you know what these rules are? If no, then let’s have a glance at these rules that you should be aware of as a citizen of India. It is an ideal guide for everybody whether it is a law News Company, OTT platform, or digital platform owner. Framed under section 87 (2) of IT Act, 2000 and the new rule will suppress the rule of IT (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules 2011.

New rules for OTT platforms, social media, news, and digital media-

For OTT platforms and digital media:

OTT platforms will have to display the rating of each program along with the description of a particular program to inform the uses about the kind of content before watching the program. Also, they have to do self-classification of content along with the parental lock.

For Social Media/Intermediaries:

Social media/Intermediaries have to ensure the dignity and safety of users by removing access within 24 hours of receipt of content complaints. Also, the intermediaries have to enable the identity of the originator of information along with the removal of unlawful information.

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For publishers of news on a digital platform-

Now news agencies that publish content on digital media now have to set up 3 levels of grievance redressal mechanism. News publishers should have to take responsibility. Now officer will decide within 15 days of grievance. Whether it is a legal News India agency or any other news agency, everyone has to self-regulate their content as per the guidelines of the ministry of information and broadcasting. 

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All this information is highly vital and should be known to everybody. Remember it is not the act but the rules that every platform has to follow. Apart from this, you want related updates or any news related to the (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021, then follow the website India legal live. It is the best website for legal news for national and international importance. Also, here you can log in to specific sections like SC, High court, and others for related news. 

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