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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Will self-censorship help Netflix and Hotstar prevent potential government regulation?

India’s video-streaming services have drafted a code to censor content on their platforms. Reuters reports that OTT players Netflix, Hotstar and others will prohibit content that shows a child “engaged in real or simulated sexual activities”, content that's disrespectful of the national flag or seen to be encouraging terrorism, and content that intends to outrage the religious sentiments of any community. The move comes in the backdrop of streaming companies facing lawsuits over obscenity. Amazon Prime already censors Hindi movies on its platform.
According to many intellects,   self policing  online streaming companies is not a good idea. It is responsibility to be superseded by Govt if found bypassing in any case with exorbitantly huge penalty to ensure the latter does not default. Only then there will be sensible work done by the people responsible behind the online streaming environment right from the lowest to the highest designation.