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Code of ethics, dilution of safe harbour prescribed in draft code to regulate social media: Report

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The Indian government has readied draft rules to regulate social media, streaming and OTT platforms, and news websites. The rules will include a code of ethics and will require regular compliance reports from the companies, reported NDTV. The government is also reportedly looking to dilute safe harbour protections afforded to intermediaries. The development comes amid an ongoing — seemingly deescalating — feud between the Indian government and Twitter, over the social media company's refusal to block accounts in spite of Section 69A orders from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY). The rules reportedly call for the need of a chief compliance officer who would respond round-the-clock to complaints made by law enforcement agencies, and submit regular compliance reports. Sources told the publication that there would be a portal for grievance redressal and a mechanism for oversight. This "oversight mechanism" would…

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