Government guidelines on social media regulation: Key points

NEW DELHI: The Centre on Thursday released guidelines for regulating social media and OTT platforms.
Briefing the media, Union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Prakash Javadekar said that it is very important to regulate the actions of social media agencies in India. For this purpose, the government has called for the establishment of a speedy grievance redressal mechanism.
Here are the key takeaways from the briefing:
* Social media is welcome to do business in India, they have done well, gathered good number of users and empowered ordinary Indians: Ravi Shankar Prasad
* Concerns are being raised about rampant abuse of social media over the years: Prasad
* Very important that users have a proper forum for timely resolution of grievances.
* Images circulating on social media cannot be called dignified: Prasad
* The OTT platforms will need to employ a chief compliance officer, nodal contact person and a resident grievance officer under the new social media regulatory mechanism: Prakash Javadekar
* Ministry had widespread consultations and prepared a draft in December 2018. There will be 2 categories, intermediary which can be social media intermediary and a significant social media intermediary: Javadekar
* We shall notify users number for a significant social media intermediary very soon.
* A three-level grievance redressal mechanism has been established under the rules with two levels of self-regulation.
* Under grievance redressal mechanism, you will also have to name a grievance officer who shall register the grievance within 24 hours and ensure disposal in 15 days: Prasad

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