According to the latest ‘Intermediary Guidelines’ issued by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, all social media giants would lose access to operate in India if they fail to comply with them.
The deadline to accept these guidelines, issued three months back, was May 25.
So far, Facebook has said its aim is to comply with the regulations set by the GoI. However, other platforms, which have not agreed yet, will lose their status and protections as intermediaries and legal action can be taken against them under the law of land for not accepting the regulations.
According to the new rules, the social media platforms will have to appoint compliance officers, nodal contact person,s and resident grievance officer from India. These officers would look into the complaints, monitor the content, remove objectionable content
Are the rules the same for OTT platforms?
Absolutely, the OTT Platforms like Amazon Prime, Netflix, and others will have to abide by the latest guidelines issued for social media platforms. The OTT platforms will have to appoint a grievance redressal officer from India who will overlook the complaints and will act on them in 15 days.