OTT platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video will be now regulated by Information and Broadcasting Ministry.

The government has declared that all the online mediums, including films and new content will be brought under the Information and Broadcasting Ministry. On Monday an amendment order was signed by President Ram Nath Kovind which stated that all the online audio visual programs and current affairs content will be regulated by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

According to the amendment digital content providers namely Netflix, Hotstar and Amazon Prime Video will be controlled by I & B Minister Prakash Jaavdekar.

Currently the print media is controlled by Press Council of India (PCI) and television news channels are controlled by News Broadcasters Association (NBA).

Whereas, the advertisement content in India is regulated by Advertising Standards Council and the films are regulated by Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) . However, as of now no governing body regulates or controls digital content or OTT (Over-The-Top) platforms.

Last month, the Supreme Court received centre’s response on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) for running digital platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime by some autonomous body. But, the content on these digital platforms is brought to the audiences on a large scale without any filter/screening, stated the PIL.

Notices had been issued to Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B), the central government and Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) by a bench of officials consisting of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justice AS Bopanna and Justice V Ramasubramanian.

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