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From now on, OTT platforms will be under the jurisdiction of Government

Rida Shaikh

All the OTT platforms including Netflix, Amazon PrimeVideo and Disney+ Hotstar are now going to be included under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. A new order has been passed that states that the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting now have jurisdiction over the platforms that provide content online(the platforms that were mentioned above). From now on the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting will also overlook online news platforms. The order was issued by the cabinet secretariat on Monday.

Whereas, other forms of content are regulated by the regulatory bodies like the Press Council of India, the News Broadcasters Association, the Advertising Standards Council of India, and the Central Board of Film Certification.

Online content providers and online news platforms will now be under the eyes of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting along with cable entities, Doordarshan and All India Radio. The online content providers will now be subjected to censorship as all the other Bollywood films or Indian TV serials.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar had been hinting for over two weeks that there might be chances that the government of India could start regulating the online platforms that provide content. Minister Prakash Javadekar said, “I have called them twice to talk about a credible self-regulation method, but they have not come up with a proposal.”

OTT platforms include news portals and also streaming services such as Hotstar, Netflix and Amazon PrimeVideo, which is accessible over the internet (OTT) or rides on an operator's network.

The petition said that the OTT platforms have given a way out for film markets and artists to release their content without getting worried about getting clearance from the censorship board. The Information and Broadcasting ministry had earlier notified the top court in a different case that there is a need to govern digital media and that the court may first nominate a committee of persons as amicus before enacting guidelines concerning the regulation of hate speech in the media.


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