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Center guidelines for social media and OTT platforms ‘have no teeth’: SC | India News

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NEW DELHI: Holding that the guidelines outlined by the Center to prevent misuse of social media and OTT platforms will not be effective, the Supreme Court on Friday asked the Center to consider drafting some strict laws and regulations.
A bench headed by Judge Ashok Bhushan, after going through the recently formulated rules, said it was missing teeth to deal with the problem and that it is only in the form of guidelines.

The court said there should be some provision for prosecution for breach of the rules and asked Attorney General Tushar Mehta to consider enacting legislation to control content on social media and OTT platforms.
In keeping with SC’s suggestion, Mehta said that the government would certainly consider drafting a strict law and that the draft law would go before the court.
Meanwhile, the bank has granted an advance bond to the head of Amazon Prime India, Aparna Purohit, who is holding up the arrest in the case brought against her in the Tandav controversy.
Purohit had approached the Supreme Court after the high court on February 25 refused to protect her against arrest. UP police had filed an FIR against the Amazon Prime CEO for allegedly hurting religious sentiments.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court backed the push for the “screening” of content that airs on OTT platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, as some of the shows contained “pornography” and ordered that the rules recently formulated by the Center to regulate social networks and the OTT platform be placed in front of him.
Under the new rules, OTT platforms and digital media will have to disclose information about where they publish, the nature of the content they share, and their subscriber data. They will also be asked to establish a grievance redress mechanism. For the regulation of OTT platforms, the government ordered the establishment of a self-regulatory body, headed by a retired judge or an eminent person, in addition to the “age restriction” of the content.

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