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The government took action against ‘obscene’ content on 18 OTT platforms

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The government took action against ‘obscene’ content on 18 OTT platforms

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The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) along with various intermediaries has taken action to block 18. OTT The Platforms publish “obscenity,” “obscenity” and, in some cases, “obscene content.” An official statement from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said that 19 websites, 10 apps (7 on the Google Play Store and 3 on the Apple App Store), and 57 social media accounts associated with these platforms are accessible to the public in India. has been disabled for on Thursday.

Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Singh Thakur has repeatedly stressed the responsibility of platforms not to propagate obscenity, obscenity and abuse under the guise of ‘creative expression’. On March 12, Thakur announced that 18 OTT platforms publishing obscene and vulgar content had been taken down, the release said.

The statement added that under the provisions of the recent decision taken. Information Technology Act2000, in consultation with other Government of India Ministries and domain experts with expertise in media and entertainment, women’s rights, and children’s rights.

“A significant portion of the content hosted on these platforms is obscene, vulgar, and derogatory to women. It depicts nudity and sexual acts in various inappropriate contexts, such as teachers and relationships between students, immoral family relationships, etc. The content included sexual provocation and, in some cases, long stretches of obscene and sexually explicit scenes devoid of any thematic or social relevance,” the statement added. It was said.

The content was prima facie determined to violate Sections 67 and 67A of the IT Act, Section 292 of the IPC, and Section 4 of the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986, the release said. was

One of the OTT apps collected more than 1 crore downloads, while two others had more than 5 million downloads on the Google Play Store. Additionally, these OTT platforms make extensive use of social media to disseminate trailers, featured scenes, and external links aimed at driving audiences to their websites and apps. It said that the social media accounts of the respective OTT platforms had a combined following of more than 3.2 million users.

The statement said that the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting continuously conducts sensitization efforts with OTT platforms and their self-regulatory bodies established under the IT Rules 2021 through meetings, webinars, workshops etc.

The Government of India is committed to promoting the growth and development of the OTT industry. Several initiatives have been taken in this regard, including the introduction of the inaugural OTT Award for Web Series at the 54th International Film Festival of India, collaboration with OTT platforms in the media and entertainment sector, and the establishment of a light-touch regulatory framework. included. Self-regulation has been emphasized under the IT Rules 2021, the release said.

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