Centre readies draft rules to regulate social media, OTT platforms, news sites

The rules call for a self-regulatory mechanism that will include a code of ethics and compliance reports.

The government has readied draft rules to regulate social media, streaming and OTT (Over The Top) platforms, and news-related sites. The rules call for a self-regulatory mechanism that will include a code of ethics and compliance reports.

The rules mention the need for a chief compliance officer who will respond on a 24×7 basis to any complaint from law enforcement.

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There will be portal dedicated to grievance redressal and an oversight mechanism, NDTV quoted sources as saying.

The government will “coordinate adherence to code of ethics by publishers and self-regulating bodies” and develop the oversight mechanism.

In case of an emergency, a secretary-rank officer will have the powers to take action and place it before committee within 48 hours.

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In the middle of a huge row with Twitter, which has snubbed an order to block some accounts,

The development comes amid a deepening row between the government and Twitter over the fate of a number of tweets and accounts.

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