Check out how people reacted to streaming platforms and news websites coming under the ministry’s purview:
Recently, the Central Government announced that the digital media, including video content streaming and online news platforms, will come under the purview of the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Now, this might pave the way for greater censorship of content online prompting a range of reactions from people on Twitter.
As of now, there are no laws or rules regulating OTT platforms as it is a relatively new medium of entertainment. As the government decides to bring films and audio-visual programs made available by online content providers” as well as “news and current affairs content on online platforms”, the first challenge before the OTT platforms would be keeping a check on their content.
Government issues order bringing online films and audio-visual programmes, and online news and current affairs content under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. pic.twitter.com/MoJAjW8fUH
— ANI (@ANI) November 11, 2020
This further means that the OTT platforms would have to apply for certifications and approval of the content they wish to stream.
People are not much surprised by the government’s move but they hope it wouldn’t be implemented strictly. Some supported the move, but many were unhappy. There were some memes and comments on this step on Twitter.
Check out how people reacted:
Very good decision !!!
In web series we were witnessing violence and nudity. Now probably this whole bull shit will stop
— Vikas Shukl (@Vikas_diehard) November 11, 2020
Bringing streaming platforms under I&B Ministry is not the only problem, it’s our esteemed ministry’s penchant for unnecessary censorship is what’s worrying. We pay for those services, let us watch what we want and stop wanting to control every aspect of our lives. @MIB_India
— Harshavardhan 🏳️🌈 (@harshagp) November 11, 2020
After capturing & controlling the mainstream media now Govt going to attack the Online Content makers.
There will be two options limit yourself or surrender to us with Best pay scale https://t.co/sx2Y9w8lx2
— HUSKY_DJ (@babu557869) November 11, 2020
Can someone please explain the meaning of creative freedom to this freaking government! https://t.co/sZCpENES8J
— Hari Prasad (@filmymaniac) November 11, 2020
so much talk about liberty in the courts as they silently take free media away from us once again. all OTT platforms now under I&B ministry of the center govt. why are we even pretending anymore? india’s democracy is a thing of the past. RIP
— swesha (@sweshasharma) November 11, 2020
— sunny🏹 (@sunny_raj01) November 11, 2020
— shakunt joshipura (@sjoshipura) November 11, 2020
#BreakingNews The I&B Ministry has proposed to change the name Amazon Prime Video to Ganga Prime Video
— manishalakhe (@manishalakhe) November 11, 2020
Govt. brings all OTT platforms under the purview of the I & B Ministry. The sequel to my Amazon special, Almost Sanskari will be called Fully Sanskari. #CENSORSHIP
— Neeti Palta (@neetipalta) November 11, 2020
OTT platforms are now under I&B Ministry now. Now, the Ministry can regulate content of OTT pic.twitter.com/wXCCXE246h
— Joy (@Joydas) November 11, 2020
Thank god memes don’t come under the I&B ministry!
— Arihant Jain (@Arrey_co) November 11, 2020
Y’all are really surprised with OTT platforms coming under the ambit of I&B ministry ? pic.twitter.com/BpCnlY06P1
— Elektra Wintour (@ElektraWintuor) November 11, 2020
Lots of films nd shows criticising right wing politics have been releasing in online streaming platforms nd now the government has brought OTT contents nd digital news under the regulation of Ministry of I & B. Expect a lot of bollywood deshbhakth film announcements nd a pic.twitter.com/3D7Ij7qclW
— Ananthakrishnan H (@ak070499) November 11, 2020
Streaming OTT platform in India now will be governed by I&B ministry of India.
Meanwhile alt balaji owner : pic.twitter.com/FMXMTvaGds
— Sai Teja (@csaitheja) November 11, 2020