Leading online video streaming players like Netflix, Hotstar, and Reliance Jio along with others may soon sign up for a voluntary censorship code. The move is part of their efforts to avoid a tussle with the government over censorship of the content.
According to reports, this self-censorship code would stop them from showing content that’s banned by Indian courts, disrespect the national emblem and flag, outrages religious sentiments, promotes terrorism or violence against state and shows children in sexual acts.
However, some players who are unlikely to sign up for the code include Amazon, Facebook and Google, who fear this move will set a “dangerous” precedent of regulating the internet and interfere with creative freedom.
The self-censorship code will most likely adopt a redressal mechanism that will allow viewers to send complaints if they judge the over-the-top (OTT) services to have violated it. This may evolve into an adjudicatory body to resolve customer complaints.