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Government’s plan to regulate ‘fake news’, internet content is fraught by many slippery slopes

MediaNama reported:

As India looks to regulate Internet content, some issues to consider

In the aftermath of the botched attempt to regulate journalists for Fake News, one aspect about the committee formed to create a framework for regulating online media, is that it isn’t just about news: it’s about all Internet content, including entertainment portals like Netflix, Amazon Prime, EROS Now, ALT Balaji, Vice and others; online news portals like scroll, the wire, swarajya, Opindia, timesofindia.com; News aggregators like Google News, DIGG etc; news/media aggregators like Reddit, and Twitter and Facebook

The notification for the creation of the 10 member committee clearly mentions that it will create a framework for “online media/news portals including digital broadcasting and entertainment / infotainment sites and news / media aggregators”.

With billions of status updates each day, and millions of hours of video uploaded online each minute, it’s not clear how this committee will regulate (police?) online content, or expect platforms to do it pro-actively.


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