Indian Govt’s to regulate OTT platforms & social media as Netflix, Amazon Prime, more…..

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OTT platforms not just include the various news portals but also streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hotstar which can be accessed over the internet. The Central Government issued an order to bring online news portals and entertainment content providers such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, MX Player, and all other online streaming platforms under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

OTT platforms which include news portals and also streaming services such as Hotstar, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video, are accessible over the internet or ride on an operator's network. The new media platform has given film-makers and artists the to release their content without being worried about getting clearance certificates for their films and series from the censor board, the petition said. 

Signed by President Ram Nath Kovind, the Gazette was issued on Monday. The new government regulations also apply to the news on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The Press Council of India takes care of the print media, the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) monitors news channels, the Advertising Standards Council of India is for advertising while the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) takes care of films.

In October, the apex court sought the Centre's response on a petition on the issue of regulating OTT platforms through an autonomous body. The Supreme Court issued notices to the Centre, I&B Ministry, and Internet and Mobile Association of India.

Currently, the Press Council of India monitors Print Media while the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) regulates News Channels. Additionally, Ads and Films are monitored by the Advertising Standards Council of India(ASCI). And Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) respectively in India. That said, a regulatory procedure for online content has been long overdue.

As per the present scenario, the Press Council of India takes care of the print media, whereas the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) keeps monitory news channels. Currently, the Press Council of India looks over the print media, the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) monitors electronic news channels, the Advertising Standards Council of India is for advertising while the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) takes care of films.