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OTT content comes under govt scanner

Concern raised over rising court cases and complaints on OTT content

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MUMBAI: OTT platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video might face a censorship threat in India. Recently a senior government source told Reuters that the government might impose censorship on streaming platforms.

The government official, who has direct knowledge of the deliberations was quoted by Reuters as saying, “The government's concern has been sparked by several court cases and complaints filed to the police in recent months, alleging that some content was obscene or insulted religious sentiment.”

The government official also raised concern on OTT platforms not carrying the mandatory anti-tobacco textual warnings on smoking scenes in Bollywood movies.

As per the earlier report, MIB’s secretary said that there is a need to rethink regulating OTT platform due the voice raised by certain sections of the society but the ministry does not have any plan to impose any regulation yet.

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