Government proposes three-tier regulatory framework for OTT platforms

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The government has drafted  rules to regulate OTT streaming platforms these rules include provisions for moderating content and a grievance redressal mechanism, the draft comes after Union Minister Prakash Javadekar discussed the issue of regulation on OTT platforms and said that guidelines for a regulatory code for OTT platforms are almost ready, and will be implemented soon.

Now, in the document titled Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, the Government seeks powers provided to it under section 87 of the Information Technology Act, 2000. The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, make rules to carry out the provisions of this Act. In particular, and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power.

This is likely to direct intermediaries and OCCC to observe discretion and care while airing content that may influence India’s sovereignty and integrity, threaten or endanger the state’s security and be harmful to the country’s foreign relations.

As per sources, OTT platforms will be brought under a three-tier regulatory framework. The 3-tier will comprise of an inter-ministerial committee and will be headed by a joint secretary-level officer from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Also, In addition to the IT ministry, the committee would also recommend take-downs or blocks

Furthermore, the rules also make it mandatory for OTT platforms to improve the accessibility of content for specially-abled people and display appropriate ratings as required.

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