Online content regulation: The good, the odd and the untenable
Affixing accountability and age-gating are good but its catch-all approach raises legal questions
On 25 February, the Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, were released jointly by the ministries of information and broadcasting and of electronics and information technology. They were met with an anticipated storm of dissent, particularly over rules that would regulate online content, such as user-generated material on social media and curated entertainment and news. In this din, critics overlooked the positive elements of these guidelines.
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