Is New Social Media Regulation Pre-Censorship of Online Content? – By M Sridhar Acharyulu
What is the real target of the gazette notification of 10 November, which brings digital audio-visual content, including films and web shows streamed on over-the-top (OTT) platforms, and news and current affairs on online platforms under the ambit of the ministry of information and broadcasting.
Does the notification, amount to censorship of film content and does it also amount to pre-censorship of news published by web portals?
The Second Schedule of the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules has been amended to include some new entries, including “films and audio-visual programmes”, “news” and “current affairs” content, which fall within the ambit of digital/online media.