Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar held a press conference on Thursday after complaints were received continuously about the content appearing on the OTT platform (over the top). During this, he elaborated on the rules made for OTT.
Prakash Javadekar said that just as there are censor boards for films, a separate council has been formed for TV, similarly, rules are also being brought for OTT. After continuous complaints, the government has considered implementing new rules.
The OTT platform has no binding of any kind. Therefore all objectionable materials are shown without any hindrance. Because of this, the government feels that all people will have to follow certain rules.
Javadekar said, 50 questions were asked on OTT by combining both houses. There was a lot of discussion in the matter by calling people related to OTT from Delhi, Chennai, and Mumbai. Self-regulation was discussed in the first meeting but no one acted on it. The second meeting was given 100 days. We then decided that there should be an institutional mechanism that could monitor the content being broadcast on OTT.
Now the government has decided that the films and web series released on OTT will undergo three levels of scrutiny. These three processes are as follows.
- Makers will have to give complete information before releasing their content.
- Asked to make self-regulation.
- Registration and disclaimer information has been made mandatory for OTT and digital media.
In the press conference, Ravi Shankar Prasad said that social media platforms do business in India, they are welcome, but it is also true that indecency is also being served on social media.