New Delhi : The Supreme Court stated that the Central guidelines on the regulation of social media do not contain any provision for appropriate action against digital platforms showing inappropriate content. The new rules that the government has brought, it has no teeth. There is no provision of punishment etc. in these rules, these are just guidelines. Along with this, interim protection was granted to the Indian Prime Minister Aparna Purohit from the arrest of Amazon Prime Video on the FIRs registered on the web series Tandav. A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and RS Reddy also issued notices to the Uttar Pradesh government on the FIRs filed regarding the web series.
The court said that the rules of the Center on social media are just guidelines, there are no provisions regarding action against digital platforms. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Center, said that the government would consider appropriate steps, any kind of rules for digital platforms would be presented before the court. He said that the government does not want it to impose censorship. He has worked to create a balance. He said that he would present a draft of better rules. The apex court had on Thursday said that some over-the-top (OTT) platforms show some type of obscene content at times and a mechanism is needed to monitor such programs.
Mehta said that he would keep the Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediate Institutions and Digital Media Code of Conduct) Rules, 2021 on record. It is worth mentioning that on 19 January 2021, a complaint was filed by Balbir Azad of Raunija village in Rabupura police station of Greater Noida. In the complaint, Azad alleged that the show poorly portrayed the Uttar Pradesh police and its police. Apart from this, several FIRs have been registered in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Bihar and Delhi in this regard.