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OTT platforms in India reach around 40 million customers and make up a market worth around Rs.3000 crore.(MINT_PRINT)

Laws for self-regulation of news, OTT platforms on anvil

By Shishir Gupta, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 04:00 AM IST
According to government officials familiar with the matter, the issue of self-regulation in digital media was taken up at the highest levels this month and ministry of Information and Broadcasting has decided to frame an overarching statute under which digital media can regulate itself.
By mandating automated detection and removal of unlawful content, the proposed rules shift the burden of appraising legality of content from the state to private entities.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
By mandating automated detection and removal of unlawful content, the proposed rules shift the burden of appraising legality of content from the state to private entities.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

India should reconsider its proposed regulation of online content

By Gurshabad Grover
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2019 08:17 AM IST
The lack of technical considerations in the proposal is also apparent since implementing the proposal is infeasible for certain intermediaries. End-to-end encrypted messaging services cannot “identify” unlawful content since they cannot decrypt it. Presumably, the government’s intention is not to disallow end-to-end encryption so that intermediaries can monitor content.
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