Mumbai: The Digital India Act (DIA), India's upcoming digital regulatory framework, will have jurisdiction over OTT and social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and the Metaverse, according to media reports.
Any violations of content guidelines by OTT platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, such as spreading misinformation or inciting violence, will be monitored by the DIA.
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The ministry of electronics and IT (MeitY) is working to replace the existing IT Act 2000 by the winter session of parliament. MeitY is rushing to finish the legislation by the deadline, which will include specific rules for women's and children's online safety.
The Digital India Act will cover social media, OTT platforms, and online apps, as well as web3 applications such as the metaverse and blockchain.
It was previously reported that the proposed Digital India Act would oversee laws dealing with cybercrime and e-commerce, but new reports indicate that the government has broadened the scope of the DIA.
In order to create the Digital India Act, the regulators have studied similar internet laws from other countries, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe and laws in Singapore and Australia.
The government has also formed a special committee to review the rules from a technological and legal perspective.
The government will have the ability to request that OTT platforms remove content that transgresses the aforementioned rules, with the DIA serving as the highest authority in this regard.