In response to the increasing number of complaints regarding the use of obscene language and content in many OTT shows, the Centre has decided to take action. These shows, which have gained a massive fan following on popular streaming platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+ Hotstar, and Sony Liv, will now be subject to a crackdown to ensure that they meet certain standards of decency and appropriateness.
Unlike movies released in cinemas, OTT platforms are not subject to certification from the Central Board of Film Certification. Instead, these platforms self-evaluate their content and assign age-based content ratings for their shows and movies.
Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Anurag Thakur, has taken a firm stance against the use of vulgar and abusive language in the content available on OTT platforms, stating that such content cannot be justified in the name of creativity. The Minister’s statement reflects growing concerns among viewers regarding the quality of content on these platforms and underscores the need for regulations to ensure that standards of decency and appropriateness are maintained.
In response to a surge in complaints, the Indian government has issued a strong warning to OTT platforms, indicating that they may soon take action to censor offensive content on their own.