No proposal to bring social media platforms under MIB’s purview: Rathore

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MUMBAI: The ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) has no plans to bring social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter under its purview. The digital platforms come under the jurisdiction of the ministry of communications.

“There is no such proposal with the Ministry,” I&B minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said in the Rajya Sabha in response to a question whether MIB is trying to bring these platforms under its purview.

On the query about the regulation of online content, Rathore said that the ministry had constituted a committee on 4th April 2018 for framing regulations for online media/news portals and online content including digital broadcasting which encompasses entertainment/infotainment and news/media aggregators.

However, since government had constituted an inter-Ministerial Committee on “Investment in Critical National Infrastructure, Digital Broadcasting, and related issues” which in its first meeting held on 10th May 2018 observed that some of the Terms of References (ToRs) and issues of the two Committees are common, a decision was taken to dovetail the ToR of the Committee constituted by this Ministry with that of the Committee on “Investment in Critical National Infrastructure, Digital Broadcasting, and related issues”.

“There is no existing Committee for this purpose in Ministry of Information and Broadcasting,” he stated.

Earlier, the ministry had withdrawn its tender inviting agencies to set up a Social Media Communication Hub. The tender was floated through Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Ltd. (BECIL).

“The ministry in January 2018 had proposed to setup a Social Media Communication Hub. For this, it floated a tender/ Request for Proposal (RFP) on 23rd January 2018, which inter-alia involved hiring of an agency, through BECIL. This was modified and RFP with revised scope of work was floated on 25th April, 2018 through BECIL. The same has since been withdrawn,” he noted.


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