Central government on Wednesday informed the supreme court about its plans to start regulating Over-The-Top services including instant messaging apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, Skype, WeChat and Hike. This will be similar to the regulation put over telecom operators and costumers across the country.
The main argument of DoT (Department of Telecom) was to aware the supreme court of the possible consequences by giving a free hand to such services. DoT mentioned that all these services run on telecom networks to compete with them in offering messaging and calling services. Still, any such service is not regulated by a government body or mechanism.
Kapil Sibbal and KK Venugopal appeared in Supreme Court on behalf of WhatsApp and other OTT services and clarified the stand saying use of OTT service is an agreement between the App and the user and that there is no need for a regulatory mechanism for the same.