What are the changes?
With the help of the Indian Claims Officer, the IT Regulation 2021 wants to create a reimbursement system for ordinary users of social media platforms and OTT platforms, as well as to resolve their claims in a timely manner. On protecting women and children on social media from sex crimes, fake news, and other forms of abuse. If crimes against India’s sovereignty and integrity are committed, the “primary author of the information” must be identified. To ensure compliance with rules and regulations, an Indian compliance officer should be recruited. A monthly compliance report documenting the complaints received and measures taken in response to the complaints must be submitted.
OTT platforms, online news organizations, and digital media, on the other hand, must adhere to ethical guidelines. OTT platforms are now referred to as “selected online content providers” under the new criteria. You must categorise the information on your own. For youngsters aged 13 and up, there are five age groups and parental controls. For adult content, they should also incorporate age verification tools.
To ensure compliance with the code of ethics and self-regulatory bodies, a three-stage reorganization system has been devised, which includes the appointment of RGOs, and self-regulatory institutions registered with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB).
Purpose of the new policies.
“These guidelines are designed to empower average social media users,” it said. Victims of social media harassment now have a place to vent their frustrations. After extensive conversations with all parties, IT rules are eventually reached. Because of this, he stated. The surge in misuse on social media and digital platforms, such as promoting terrorist recruiting, broadcasting obscene information, spreading division, financial fraud, inciting violence and disrupting public order, is causing widespread alarm. As a result, new rules must be enacted.
Where do social media platform stands in this?
Facebook stated that it is “committed” to following the IT guidelines and that it is continuing to discuss some concerns with the government. Telegram stated that it complies with “almost all new IT rules,” whereas Koo, an Indian Weibo platform, stated that it complies with all criteria. Twitter and WhatsApp did not respond to a request for comment on whether they are in compliance with the new rule. Google likewise declined to comment on whether it complies properly with the new rules. Tuesday: “We respect India’s legislative procedures and have long complied with the government’s request to remove information that is in violation of local laws or our product guidelines.”
Authored by Agrim Gangwar
Student, NMIMS Bangalore