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Government to issue regulations on OTT and digital content: Prakash Javadekar

There are at least 40 OTT platforms, including global ones such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and HotStar (Disney Plus), and hundreds of news content websites

PTI New Delhi Published 10.02.21, 05:00 AM
There are at least 40 OTT platforms, including global ones such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and HotStar (Disney Plus), etc.

There are at least 40 OTT platforms, including global ones such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and HotStar (Disney Plus), etc. File picture

The government will soon issue guidelines for regulation of OTT (over the top) platforms that will address issues such as sensitive content, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Tuesday.

Replying to a Zero Hour mention, information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar said a lot of suggestions and complaints on the regulation of OTT platforms have been received.

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“Guidelines and direction are almost ready. It will be soon implemented,” he said in his brief submission.

Earlier, raising the issue through a Zero Hour mention, Mahesh Poddar of the BJP said the content and language on OTT platforms was discriminatory and offensive.

Controversial content on OTT platforms includes sexual discrimination and abusive language, he said adding that the government should, without delay, implement the internet regulations.

There are at least 40 OTT platforms, including global ones such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and HotStar (Disney Plus), and hundreds of news content websites.

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