Online news portals, OTT platforms brought under the control of I&B Ministry

Due to increasing Hinduphobic content, besides scenes of violence, abusive language and nudity on OTT platforms, Hindu Janajagruti Samiti had started an Online signature campaign demanding regulation of content shown on OTT platforms. It received a very good response from Hindus as well as society. The signature campaign had urged I&B Ministry to bring the platform under its control.

Currently, Online news and current affairs portals, OTT (over the top) platforms including Prime Video, Netflix, Hotstar, SonyLiv, AltBalaji, etc are not under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Several complaints against the content on such platforms were alleging they are spreading misinformation and fake news as there was no law or autonomous body to govern the digital content.

There were also demands of censorship for shows aired by the OTT platforms, and there have been several complaints against such shows alleging hurting of religious sentiments.

The Central Government issued an order on 11th November to bring digital and Online media, audio-visual programs, films, current affairs, and news portals under the I&B Ministry.

A notification was issued by the cabinet secretariat on 9th November, which was published in the Gazette of India on 10th November 2020 to this effect.