In India, some platforms showing online serial through the internet have decided that they will be able to guard themselves on their content.
For this, companies have created a draft in collaboration with the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMI), an organization working in the field of mobile and online services.
Companies that are going to adopt this draft are Netflix, Hotstar, Geo, Zee Five, Alt Balaji and some other online platforms.
There are institutions that give certificates to film, print and TV content in India but there is no law regarding censorship on the contents of the online streaming platform.
According to the draft “Code of Best Practices for Online Curated Content Providers”, the BBC aims to protect the creative freedom of the companies as well as the interests of consumers.
However, experts say that trying to sensor themselves is similar to deciding on themselves and companies are trying to save themselves from some kind of legal mess in the future.
What types of content can stop?
According to the draft, all platform signers will be bound to comply with this and will avoid showing five types of content originally. These are the content
National icon and tricolor being shown wrongly
Actually or texture in any form to show children in sexual activity or to show off the child’s genitalia in the wrong way.
Do not show anything like hurting religious sentiments of any caste, community or community
Promotion of terrorism against the institutions of India and the country and the violence related to it being shown wrongly
Following the ban on the use of the online service through legal services or by court.
According to IAMI, according to Network18 Group General Counsel Sipra Jatana, “the company is happy to be a part of India to build a better future.”
According to Ashok Nambisan, General Counsel of Sony Pictures Network, “Creating content by self-content itself will make content creators more accountable to their consumers.”
What will be the complaints?
According to the current draft, if you have a consumer complaint related to the content, then he can go to the company for this. In order to settle these complaints, the companies themselves will nominate a person or create a department for it.
These departments will settle such cases in an appointed time.
In the last statement of the draft, it has been said that the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and the Indian Government can send complaints received in this regard to the said department of the company, which will be settled in accordance with the rules stated in the code.
The Foundation says that for this some companies have come together today, but through this code they have asked the government to send content related grievances to the company only.
Apar Gupta, executive director of the Internet Freedom Foundation, says, “Through this, these streaming companies will agree with the government on this code and after that it will never become a law, because the government can say that companies have to do content sensors The code exists. “
He says, “And the rules made by some other companies will gradually be applied to newcomer companies and then to the entire sector. This means that companies that have no involvement in making it, Will be bound. “
He says, “Do you think that if the print media asks you to send all the complaints to the print companies instead of sending them to the press council what will happen?”
There is also a serious issue in it that no matter what type of content will be censored, there is no clear mention that later this limit may be increased or even reduced. In this regard, the Foundation has written a letter to IAMAI.
Apar Gupta says, “The thing to think about is that Netflix is a US company but it has not made any code in the US itself.”
Where did the issue of censorship in online serial come from?
Recently, the number of people watching serials on the online streaming platform has increased in India.
In the year 2018, WebSeries ‘Sacred Games’ appeared in Netflix, and there was a lot of controversy about the use of the derogatory term for former prime minister and Congress leader Rajiv Gandhi.
In this regard, the complaint against the producer Nawazuddin Siddiqui and the creator of the series was also filed.
The case moved to the court where Netflix refused to remove this dialogue.