Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and Disney + Hotstar will now be regulated by the government. the Cabinet Secretariat said in a statement on Monday, The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting now has rights over online content providers (such as the above three streaming services) and online news platforms.
Until now, there has been no government body that controls the content of digital media platforms, and this is information that the Minister of Information and Broadcasting previously said was necessary.
Other types of content are managed by the Press Council of India, News Broadcasters Association, Central Board of Film Certification, and Advertising Standards Council of India.
Now, the President of India Ram Nath Kovinde made a new amendment to the Government of India Rules 1961 in law on November 9, adding the following two lines to the purview of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting:
22A. Films and Audio-Visual programmes made available by online content providers.
22B. News and current affairs content on online platforms.
VA. Digital / Online Media
These additions “V Films ” Will come later, Department of Government of India Rules 1961.
Online content providers and The online news platform now sits as an entity that comes under the I&B regulatory framework, along with cable television, All India Radio, and Doordarshan.
I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar hinted just two weeks ago, that the government could regulate online platforms.
“I have called them twice to talk about a credible self-regulation method, but they have not come up with a proposal.”, Speaking to The Indian Express, he said.
Javadekar, citing the need for regulation for a while, said in a meeting with representatives of streaming services in March that he had brought about an atmosphere of censorship imposed by the governments of countries like China and Singapore.