Indian officials are potentially threatening the two global renowned streaming platforms, Amazon Prime Video and Netflix,over censorship concerns, reported by Reuters. Even thoughIndian TV and film certification agencies already accessed producers and directors to launchmoderate content acrossthe nation, the country’s regulationsprohibit censorship of content on the globally prevailing online streaming platforms.
Within the past few months, several lawsuits and complaints have been filed against the police, which sparked the government concerns. A government official familiar with this matter told that the court filings have been alleging that the content published on streaming platforms insults the religious settlement.
The growing concerns around potential censorship had impelledHotstar and Netflix to sign a self-regulation agreement earlier this year. Amazon did not agree to the code and stated, “The existingregulations are adequate.”
Last month, a politician raised a police complaint last week, accusing some Netflix serials of “defaming Hindus”.Mumbai police have not yet initiated any investigation over the matter.
All of which has upheaved anxiety within the government and impelleddiscussions between India’s Information Technology and Information & Broadcasting ministries with the aim of designing a suitable regulatory framework for the providers, who deliver such content.
On a related note, China is spreading its social values with the help of political ads, which include freely expressive dangerous speech. Mark Zuckerberg—Facebook CEO—arguably stated that such content should be kept in check.
He condemned how the US-based companies linked with China have influenced by the nation’s values. According to Zuckerberg, “most of the activists & protestors are using the company’s WhatsApp services owing to robust encryption and privacy policies on the globally renowned Chinese video-sharing app, TikTok. The Chinese company is mentioning that the same protests raised in the US are also censored.
As Facebook has notagreed to the Chinese censorship regulations and thusdoesn’t operate across the country, the social media giant is now free to exclaim, defend the values that it believes in, and combat for opennessat the global level.