Government to start regulating content on OTT platforms

Considering the rising number of complaints and grievances against web series, the government will soon be releasing guidelines to regulate content on all OTT platforms.

The Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar, said in a statement:

“We have received a lot of complaints against some serials available on OTT platforms. Films and serials released on OTT platforms and digital newspapers do not come under the purview of Press Council Act, Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act or Censor Board. We will come up with some guidelines on it soon.”

The announcement comes amid the Tandav controversy. The Saif Ali Khan starrer political drama has come under fire for hurting religious sentiments, with FIRs being filed against the show and the streamer, Amazon Prime Video, across states.

Following Tandav, Amazon Prime Video’s Mirzapur also came under criticism.

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Previously, OTT platforms were included under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. It was in November last year that the government brought them under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

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