Government’s eye on online news portals and OTT platforms

With increasing number of online portals and content providers, the government has decided to bring them under the purview of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for the regulation of online news portals and online content providers in view of the increasing number of days.
The Cabinet Secretariat issued a notification related to this order on Wednesday.
With the release of this notification, news portals, entertainment websites as well as
platforms like Amazon Prime, Netflix and others have come under the purview of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. For this, the Government has amended the (Allocation of Business) Rules 1961. These changes will be effective with immediate effect.
Online news portals and other audio visual content providers were not bound by any rules so far. This step of the government has now paved the way for them to come under the regulation and they will be monitored by the government.
The government had said on several occasions that regulation of online mediums is more important than television channels.

Source: UNI

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